Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC
If I Had a Hammer
Spring has arrived! For towns in coastal Maine, this means the start of a new work season for many people. Work has been a theme in many of my recent groups, and I wanted to share a song that I have adapted for this theme.
I use the folk favorite "If I Had a Hammer" by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. I've adapted some of the lyrics for my preschool groups in order to create a positive message about work and growing up. The lyrics are:
If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land.
And when I grow up, I will be a builder,
I will build love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.
If I had a saw, I'd saw in the morning...
If I had a drill, I'd drill in the morning...
If I had a ladder, I'd climb it in the morning...
As you'll see in the video, I use rhythm sticks and a variety of different "tools" to target motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and imaginary play. Kids love using their rhythm sticks in creative ways, and have even come up with several new verses!