Okay, here it is. I’m writing this with a fussy, teething 8-month old who is learning to crawl, so I had some inspiration from her. (She is currently nursing and completing her own version of Happy Baby and grabbing her toes, as she falls asleep.) My four-year old did the sequence with me and ad-libbed a bit, as she tends to do. All-in-all, it works pretty well as a waking up the body sequence. There are a couple parts thrown in for babies, like the clapping. Some parts are there to make the experience more authentic, like the singing, for kids. I think older kids love to mimic babies; it gives them self-confidence to see what they accomplished, i.e. walking. Plus, pretend play is so important in developing and engaging their imaginations. (Also, if a child has a younger sibling, it can be fun to be the baby again, even if it is only for a short while.)
Growing Up Sequence
Grab toes, rock side to side to wake the spine up. Sing “Rock a bye baby” as you rock. Sing the entire song. (I use the version where I catch the baby, instead of letting them fall.)
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And I will catch baby, cradle and all
Change the rocking from side to side to back and forth, do this three times. On the final time, rock up to sitting.
Easy sitting position
Reach arms up to “Mamma” (Mamma, Daddy, Aunty, Granny, Friend, Whoever) and stretch out to the floor, 3X. It might be fun to say your friend’s name as you reach. It adds to the pretend play.
Come up to Table to try to crawl, make circles with your body, change directions (Mimic a bay learning to crawl.)
Next, push back to Downdog, do this 3X. (Babies often do tend to stretch out their legs as they are learning what this crawling thing is all about.)
Easy Sitting or Cobbler
Come back to Easy Sitting and Clap your hands
It’s time on Sprockets when we dance.
Roll/dance up to standing
Try a balancing pose, like standing on one foot to mimic the challenge of learning to walk.
Take a couple deep breaths: “Walking is hard work for babies, time to rest!”
Roll down to Child’s and rest a bit.
Lullaby, and Good night.