Ring those bells in preschool

I found the perfect bells for the “hearing” component of our Five Senses of Christmas unit from the Dollar Store. I have always wanted a set of bells like this and I can use them for lots of musical activities throughout the school year….

When I was playing with them at the Dollar store, I noticed that each color of bell sounded a little different (High, Medium, Low pitch).  I set the bells out on our small table for the children to explore. Whenever I find something new for the children to use or play with – I almost always just set it out at first just to see what they decide to do with them….

Then later, during circletime, I brought the bells over and we talked about the different sounds the bells make…

Some of the bells sounded the same and some sounded different.  The children listened and called out when they heard two bells that sounded the same…

After listening to the bells, we then sang a fun little song called “Ring Those Bells” to the tune of “Jimmy Crack Corn”.  I actually have this song on a CD but I just sang it with the children. We learned that when we put our hand over the bottom of the bell, it will stop ringing. So in between each verse of the song, we froze and stopped the bell from ringing – then started back up again….

The song goes like this (well I make up my own verses but this is the general idea)…

Ring those bells and turn around

Ring those bells and turn around.

Ring those bells and turn around.

For Christmas time is near.

(repeat and change the words)

Ring those bells and stomp your feet.

(Then we ended with…)

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

For Christmas time is near.

By |2017-03-28T22:28:23+00:00December 6th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jill December 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    such a fun and cute idea! makes me want to go out and buy some bells!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Haha! I just couldn’t resist!

  2. Suzanne Schlechte December 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    What a great find!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      I love them Suzanne:) The kids do too!

  3. Home School Coach December 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    WOW that was a real find. I asked my musician husband how much the bells they sell at his store for kids would be – 21 bells = $140. Hope you really love those bells. That was a good deal and will be well used I am sure!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Oh my!! That makes me feel very good to have my little dollar store bells!

  4. Rockabye Butterfly December 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Where’d did you get these bells Deborah? Such a good idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Hi – I got them from “Deals” here in Indiana. It is kind of like a Dollar Store.

  5. Esther December 7, 2011 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I love the sound of jingling bells during Christmas! and the song tie-in is perfect!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you Esther:) I love that song!

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