10 Best Exercise Songs and Games for Children

Today’s post comes from Songs For Teaching artist Patty Shukla

Let’s move, dance and be an active example for our kids! Before computers and cable television we played outside and spent a lot time with friends. I can remember being 8 years old riding my bike with exercise-songs-for-children-patty-shuklaneighborhood friends all day. We built forts, created home-made carnivals in our backyards, played hide-n-seek, put on our own talent shows and swam for hours.

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! Program launched on Feb. 9, 2010 www.letsmove.gov

Exercise was not something we thought about or planned, it was just a way of life. Some of my best childhood memories are those times.

Let’s create some lasting memories with our children today. Here are 10 of my exercise songs and 10 exercise games to get your body moving and heart rate pumpin’! Let me know which ones are your favorites. Let the fun begin!


  1. Hokey Pokey Dance – Twist
  2. Musical Freeze Game – S.T.O.P.
  3. Simon Says Game – Play with me, Sing Along!
  4. Jumping Game – Jump!
  5. PE Exercises – I Can Do It! (Jumping Jacks, Hop from side to side)
  6. Dance Off Game – Colors Dance!
  7. Move your whole body dance – Wiggle It!
  8. Move like an animal – If I Were An Animal
  9. Follow the Leader game – Follow Me
  10. Square Dance – Do Si Do

Thank you Patti Shukla for sharing this post with us. 

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