Song game: Are you sleeping, Brother John?


This song game stimulates the tactile and kinaesthetic senses, and gives the children conceptual training.


  1. Stand in a circle.
  2. Sing “Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, Brother John, Brother John, morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing, ding dang dong, ding dang dong.”
  3. Clap your hands (above your head), whilst singing “Are you sleeping”, twice.
  4. Clap on your chest, whilst singing “Brother John”, twice.
  5. Clap on your thighs, whilst singing “Morning bells are ringing”, twice.
  6. Stamp, whilst singing “Ding, dang, dong,” twice.


  • Clap on other body parts.


No equipment required.


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

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