Words:

It’s a good day for building, for building, for building
It’s a good day for building, so what do we need?
We’ll need some bricks, some bricks, some bricks,
We’ll need some bricks, and what shall we  make?
We’ll build a tower, a tower, a tower,
We’ll build a tower, and who lives inside?
Etc…..

Context:

I used this song in response to children who were playing with cars and pretending to drive outside in Battle Hill Nursery as part of the More Tuneful Tots & Bouncin’ Bairns project in 2013.

I added extra words to accommodate more children as they came to join in our game. Singing this song extended this child-led play and encouraged others to join in. If I stopped singing, the children would shout ‘again, again’, so I kept it going.

There was a child with trucks, a child with trains, a child with cars, a child with an inner bicycle wheel using it as a steering wheel, and others using their hands and arms to drive.

Margaret Watchorn taught me this one, so thanks Margaret. It is Margaret and Anne Suggate you can hear singing this one. It uses a popular tune, can you spot it?

Words : (as used in Battle Hill nursery playing in the garden)

It’s a good day for driving, for driving, for driving
It’s a good day for driving, so what do we need?
We’ll need some trucks, some trucks, some trucks.
We’ll need some trucks, yes that’s what we’ll need.
It’s a good day for driving, for driving, for driving
It’s a good day for driving, so what will we need?
We’ll need a steering wheel, a steering wheel, a steering wheel,
and we’ll need some trucks, some trucks, some trucks,
yes that’s what we’ll need.
It’s a good day for driving, for driving, for driving
It’s a good day for driving, so what will we need?
We’ll need a train, a train, a train,
and we’ll need a steering wheel, a steering wheel, a steering wheel,
and we’ll need some trucks, some trucks, some trucks,
yes that’s what we’ll need!
(etc. etc. adding on or repeating one prop as you prefer, follow the children’s interests)

More ideas:

In the car? It’s a good day for driving, so where shall we go?

At home? Just follow your child’s lead and see what they are enjoying playing with. E.g. it’s a good day for play d’oh, so what can you make?

Did you spot the tune? It was ‘there’s a hole in my bucket’. Know it? No worries if not, it’s a simple tune which is easy enough to pick up after a few listens.

Image by Flickr user plakboek, used under Creative Commons license agreement with thanks.

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