Musical fun for the under 5's in and around Oxford, UK
sandcastle on a beach

building sandcastles

This seaside rhyme uses the imagery of building a sandcastle to keep a very strong pulse. The chorus/verse/chorus format means that there is a lot of repetition and plenty of opportunity to find and continue the beat.  The simple actions mirror the words enabling a co-ordinated action to the pulse and encouraging imaginative rythmic play.  We can develop the rhyme to include the shakers, but being able to thump the floor is probably the best bit!

Pat the sand, pat the sand
Pat the sand with your hand
Build a castle very high
It might even reach the sky
Pat the sand, pat the sand
Pat the sand with your hand
Fill a bucket to the top
Dig and dig and do not stop
Pat the sand, pat the sand
Pat the sand with your hand
 Pat the Sand, by Lesley Lees in Jump into the Ring published by Ward Lock International 1984

(words very slightly adapted by RS)