This guide goes hand-in- hand with our recording "Howdy Do!".
It will give you ideas for interactive participation for each song.

HOWDY DO!  Let us hear your finest “HOWDY DO!”  This song is used to involve listeners through call and response.  In performance we often use other instructions besides the ones included on the tape (e.g. opera singer, cowboy voice, shy self, laughing self).  We find that kids enjoy coming up with other variations.

NICK-NACK  Join us for this parody of a traditional song.  There are a variety of other instrument sounds and movements that can be incorporated.  Discussion of parodies and creating new ones is fun.

BACK AT THE RANCH Moo-Oink-Cluck-Crow-Quack.  Children should be encouraged to sing the chorus.  We often will choose certain children to listen carefully and make appropriate sound effects when key words are used (e.g. rooster, pony, turkey).

ANIMAL RHUMBA  This song has a different rhythm, and often we will assign groups of children to keep time with shaker cans, sand blocks and other appropriate instruments.  Kids enjoy the chorus punctuating the sounds “HUH!” and “OO-OO-AH-AH!”.

WABASH CANNONBALL  This is a traditional song, which documents the Hobo as a historical phenomenon and sub-culture.  Hoboes are not like the homeless situation we see today.  They live in Hobo jungles and travel the rails from place to place.  We teach children the chorus of the song and select a few to join us on the chorus with sand blocks and tambourine.

DOG BATH  As far as we know this is the only recording of it’s kind, and was a technical challenge for us as well as good clean fun.  We will sometimes have children pantomime the events.  We also have a chorus of dogs who whine, growl, tail wag, etc. when they hear their verbal cue.  Special bubble blowers are selected to blow bubbles on the “Soap” cue.

HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA  This is a traditional cumulative song I learned from my father.  We use cards with the different words and pass them out at random (rebus pictures and words).  We have children come up and form a line in front of the group.  This helps the audience to learn the words.  We also have the children hop or bounce up and down when their word is called.RING-A-DING-DING This song is a swing style tune.  We teach the bunny hop to the group, often having several lines of hoppers participating.

I’M SO LUCKY  Begin with one child or two if your group is large.  The first child follows the instruction, then chooses one other person to join them.  On the chorus we have children circle left, then circle right.  We enthusiastically encourage children to pantomime the different instructions.  On each chorus circle left, circle right as well as singing should be encouraged.  If you’re working with a large group, have them form concentric circles.  It’s worth the effort and this is our most requested movement song.

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