Though the Chicken Dance moves are structured, it does not involve the feet and where one should stand. Students want to run around the room, some doing the chicken dance while running and some just running.
To help with the chickens running around the room during the dancing time, I had all the students stand on the blue rug as home base (coop) to do the chicken dance. Then when the music played for flying around, we walked and flew around the blue rug. For the preschool classes, we held hands during the chicken fly part to help keep our bodies together. We made a circle and stayed together walking.
This variation gave students the structure they needed to do the chicken dance successfully, keeping their mind on the four moves with their feet in one place. They enjoyed the challenge of getting back to the blue rug in time to do the chicken dance. Their ears listened well to the music and could tell when it was time to go flying.