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Hokey Pokey

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You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey,
And your turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your left foot in…
You put your right arm in…
You put your left arm in…
You put your head in…
You put your whole self in…



Variation:  Try doing the "turkey pokey" for thanksgiving, the "squirrel pokey" for fall, the "bunny pokey" for Easter. You can do the hokey pokey with any animal.  Instead of putting human parts in the circle, think of the body parts of that animal.  For example for "turkey pokey," you can put in a beak, gizzard, drumstick, tail, etc.

Halloween variant: The Hookey Spookey

You put your pumpkin head in (lean your head into circle)...

You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around (hold up hands, wiggle fingers, make a scary, silly face; turn around in place)

Then give a little shout: "BOO!"

Add more verses or ask kids for ideas: witchy nails (wave our hands about menacingly); monster feet (stomp feet); zombie/mummy arms (hold arms out straight in front of you); vampire teeth (show teeth); bat wings (flap arms like wings); Ghost Self (try floating like a ghost); owl eyes (fingers make circles around eyes), hissing cat (make hissing sound), monster claws (hands with fingers curved in claws), scary face (make the scariest face you can!), skeleton hands(wiggle hands and fingers) or skeleton knees, etc.


See also: Winter_Pokey