Occupational Therapy Gross Motor Warm Up Songs
There are many wonderful FREE Youtube Videos that you can use during occupational therapy to help with gross motor warm ups. These gross motor warm up songs can work on core strength, motor planning, coordination, motor imitation, directionality and so many more skills. These videos are a fun way to develop rapport as well.
List of gross motor warm up songs you can use anytime throughout the year
“Move! | Dance Song for Kids | Super Simple Songs” works on simple one step movements and directionality (move to left/ move to right). This is a slower song that repeats actions and movements so it great for students who need repetition.
“I Can Move My Body Like Anything” is wonderful for kids who like to move. This is a fast paced song and has some abstract movements (spread like peanut butter), so it better for kids who are able to follow the movements quickly. For students who have difficulty keeping up with the song, you can stop after each movement to demonstrate with the student.
Get Funky ♫ Funky Monkey Dance ♫ Dance Songs for Children ♫ Kids Songs by The Learning Station
is a song that works on directionality (right / left/ backwards / forward). This works on simple movements (clap, jump, stomp). This is also fast paced so may be difficult for students who have motor planning difficulties. However, it does have a similar repetition of moves.
Amanda’s Action Club- Warm Up Song is a fast paced warm up song. Children will move their body to copy simple movements.
Brain Breaks – Action Songs for Children – From Your Seat – Kids Songs by The Learning Station is a fun song that students can perform from their seat. This is a nice exercise if you have a small space or need a quick brain break while students are at their desks.
Preschool Music & Movement | Up and Down | Hip-Hop Action Song for Kids is a simple movement song that works on directionality for up / down. It is quite fast paced with quite a bit of language but it is simple enough movements to follow along (up, down, wave arms, and pat lap).
Seasonal Songs in Motion🌹 Spring ☀ Summer 🍁 Fall ❄ Winter ♫ Songs for Kids by The Learning Station
is a great song that focuses on the four seasons. This includes simple movements and repetitive type of movements.
Warm Up Songs For Kids Best English Songs For Kids is a nice “follow me” song. Students will perform different simple actions and work on directionality (left, right). This is a slower paced song.
Shake Your Sillies Out ♫ Brain Breaks Songs for Kids ♫ Kids Action Songs by The Learning Station is a fast paced warm up song that works on different, simple movements.
Stretch to the Ceiling! A Warm Up Action song for Babies and Toddlers from Sing and Learn! is a slow paced song that uses simple actions. It has cute cartoon characters too. This is great for younger students.