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Sunday, June 2, 2013

If You're Happy And You Know It . . .

This singing aid is used for the song "If You're Happy" #266 in the Children's Songbook.

A child takes a turn chooses a colored strip and just like it suggests as options for this song, we insert the words into the song instead of "clap your hands" and we do an action with it. For example if they chose "toot your horn", we would sing:

If you're happy and you know it, toot your horn (toot, toot)
If you're happy and you know it, toot your horn (toot, toot)
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, toot your horn (toot, toot).

While I have often used this song and done substitutes before, the simplicity of this key ring for letting the children choose a substitute and the bright fun colors really appealed to me (and the children).  We have a small enough nursery that we let every single child pick one before we move on to the next song.  Bonus: for the children that can talk and are learning colors, it's a fun reinforcement of their color recognition.


  1. Could you tell us what all the papers say? Thanks. You could email me at
    mysweetpumpkins at gmail dot com.

  2. Since I didn't make it, I don't have the list but I'd be happy to look next Sunday and get back to you. The ones I can remember (or that are somewhat visible) are: toot your horn, stomp your feet, take a bow, clap your hands, honk your nose, brush your teeth, shout hooray, flap your elbows, snap your fingers, tap your toes. (There's also a sneeze one and one about turning in a circle I think. I'll check).

  3. Did you ever see the rest of the sayings? I would love to have more :)

    1. I didn't, sorry. I wonder if she still has it? I can ask. :)