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Night Time Musical and Dance #PlayfulPreschool

This week on Playful Preschool, our preschool lesson plan is Night Time. For this activity, I decided to kick it up a notch with J and to channel her high energy into something different. And what better way to do that if not through DANCE! Today, I will be sharing with you a fun way to incorporate the sounds of the  Just a quick recap, Playful Preschool is a group of bloggers coming together to present fun and hands on ideas on a weekly theme. We cover subjects such as literacy and math as well as movement.

Night Time and Musical and Dance- gross motor skills activity for preschoolers

Night Time Sounds

What sounds can you think of when you hear the words, “night time”? When I asked J, we came up with a few different ones. Once she was all done listing the ones she knew,the fun REALLY started. To do this activity, I found sound clips of different night time animals from and then we tried to mimic them and create a little dance for each. Please be warned, embarrassing pictures ahead.


Night Time Sound #1- The Barred Owl

J knew this one right off the bat. She made the appropriate sound but when I asked her to move the way an owl would, it got downright silly. Silly is perfectly fine in my book.

Night Time Sound #2- The Cricket

Did you know that it is mainly the male crickets that chirp? Crickets are either black or brown and have six legs: 4 for walking and 2 for jumping. Chirping is done by rubbing the top of one wing against the bottom of another wing.

Night Time Sounds- The Cricket

Night Time Sound #3- The Bat

The next animal for our dance was the bat. I thought her face during her dance was HILARIOUS!! She flapped her wings like a bat and tried to keep in tune to the sounds of bats fluttering.  Most of J’s dances seem to be quite similar but that is quite fine as to her they were all different.

We also looked at the wolf as well as cats. J at first thought that the wolves were dogs based on their sounds until i showed her a picture of a wolf. However when she heard the sounds of cats in the night, she asked “Mommy, what is that?” She was expecting to hear gentle meows. Our activity extended to finding other animal sounds and interpreting how to dance to their sounds.

What fun ways have you taught your preschooler about night time? If you are searching for fall activities for preschoolers I create one new fall post every week for the season. If you want some ‘pinspiration’ as well, then follow my Fall Activities for Preschoolers Board.

For MORE Playful Preschool Nighttime Activities:

Nighttime Alphabet Treasure Hunt at Growing Book by Book

Shoe Box Constellations at Rainy Day MumNighttime Sky Sensory Bin at Life Over C’s

Find the Big Dipper at Tiny Tots Adventures
Nocturnal Animals KWL Chart at Still Playing School
Night Time Musical and Dance at Learning 2 Walk

Book-Inspired Preschool Owl Craft at Fun-A-Day!Night Owl Painting and Books at The Educators’ Spin On It

Join us tonight for a live Google + Hangout at 9:00 PM EST. We will discuss Night Activities for Preschoolers. NO worries if the time doesn’t work for you, it will be recorded and available to watch afterwards.



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Cerys from Rainy Day Mum

Monday 13th of October 2014

Love this idea and I know my kids would have a hoot having a go at this


Sunday 12th of October 2014

What a fun activity! Thanks for sharing!

Nicolette Roux

Saturday 11th of October 2014

looks like tons of fun!! hehe