After we sing “My Country” (CS 224) a couple times to be familiar with it, I am going to place one of these patriotic leis (found at Dollar Tree) on one of the children. We will continue singing the song while the children gently remove the lei from their own person, and carefully place the lei around the child next to them, so it moves around the room. (Be sure and emphasize gently and carefully to the children, so things don’t get wild!) I’ll ask the pianist to randomly stop playing throughout the song. The child who is wearing the lei when the music stops will stand and tell us one thing he or she loves about our country!
And another one for “My Flag, My Flag” (CS 225). I will give the children their flags while we sing this song, and have them follow my lead as I wave my flag high or low, while marching in place, changing directions, etc. Post Edit: Instead of randomly doing things with the flag, we just raised them up high every time we said the word, “flag”, then waved them like crazy whenever we said the word, “wave”. It was really fun for everyone!