Songs and Hand Actions
1. Children songs with actions
Students can learn Japanese songs and vocabulary more easily if there are actions to go with the words. These 5 songs all have special actions to reinforce the meaning of the words.
(1) Higejiichan (Old Man with a Beard)
(2) Hajimaru yo
You may change おひざ to other parts of the body eg. あたま to expand the chant, and finish with おひざ
(3) Musunde Hiraite
You can try replacing “ue ni” with したに、 かおに、 あたまに etc.
(4) Kyabetsu no naka kara aomushi deta yo (A Caterpillar Came out of the Cabbage)
This song can be used to introduce/practise words for family members.
(5) Otoosan Yubi
This song introduces family members and greetings to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’.
2. Handshake challenge
Students learn to use a Japanese version of a high-five handshake popularised by a TV commercial.