The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

The Walking Song
(to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?")

Walking, walking. (Students walk around.)
Walking, walking.
Hop, hop, hop. (Students hop.)
Hop, hop, hop.
Runing, running, running. (Students run.)
Running, running, running.
Now we stop. Now we stop. (Students must stop.)

Variation One: Sing as written until students are familiar with the words and actions. Once students become comfortable, call "Stop!" in different parts of the song (i.e. "...hop, hop, STOP!"). Students who move after stop is called are out. Play until only one player remains.

Variation Two: As students grow more accustomed to Variation One, increase difficulty by calling stop only for part of the class (i.e. "Girls STOP!" or "six-year-olds STOP!"). In these instances, both students who fail to stop and students who stop when they aren't supposed to will be out.

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