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Expressing emotions is an important step in children’s overall development. By doing this, they can put their feelings into words, which will make the communication in the family more effectively. The “If You’re Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands” song is a great aid to boost your child’s communication skills. As he or she sings and dances, your child can also learn a few ways to show his or her emotions in a simple, natural way.

This song for children dates from way back, and it has been a favorite due to its catchy rhythm that kids love, and also because its lyrics are always accompanied by actions that they can easily perform. This version of the song has some of the main actions associated with various emotional states that all children experience once in a while. As your little one sings this song, he or she will be able to join Lisa the Cat, Cowy the Cow, Bobby the Dog and Elliot the Panda in a fun adventure filled with emotions and actions.

First, Lisa is expressing how happy she is as she claps her hands while dancing and smiling. Next, it’s Bobby’s turn to tell us how he feels! Bobby looks very sad, and because he feels this way, he expresses his sadness by saying “boo hoo.” Now, Elliot is up and he doesn’t look so good, he looks angry. Elliot shares his feelings by stomping his feet on the floor. Poor Elliot! Finally, it’s Cowy’s turn! She’s feeling silly, and she shows it by laughing out loud and making funny faces to make everyone laugh too. Now that all the friends have shared their emotions, encourage your little one to sing the song to practice all these actions.

After you and your child finish singing the song, watch the video together and practice doing the movements. As you do this, ask your little one to repeat the names of the different actions in English that you see on the video, like “clap”, “say”, “stomp”, and “laugh.” Also, you can explain to your little one that these actions are sometimes used to express an emotion when needed, but that’s always better to talk about how he or she is feeling.Through this children’s song, your little one will be able to also practice some vocabulary in English in a natural way, to express feelings and emotions . Once you’ve finished learning the lyrics and words of the song, you can also try to add your own actions to it! For example, what does your child do when he or she is scared? Or hungry? Find some words in English that can relate to these feelings and emotions and have fun creating your own song.

Now, let’s sing and dance to this tune!

"If You’re Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands" Lyrics

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you're sad and you know it, say boo hoo (boo hoo)
If you're sad and you know it, say boo hoo (boo hoo)
If you're sad and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're sad and you know it, say boo hoo (boo hoo)

If you're angry and you know it, stomp your feet,
If you're angry and you know it, stomp your feet
If you're angry and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're angry and you know it, stomp your feet

If you're silly and you know it, laugh out loud (ha ha)
If you're silly and you know it, laugh out loud (ha ha)
If you're silly and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're silly and you know it, laugh out loud (ha ha)

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands, (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands, (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

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