Every time I use this song in a class or music therapy session, I start by having my students count to 3. We do it once to begin with, very slowly, and use our fingers as well as our voices. Gradually we get faster, counting to 3 again and again in rhythm. Then I explain that they’ve just counted a type of song called a waltz.
Rhythm sticks are a great instrument for this type of activity, because the beat can be heard very clearly. Younger students seem to have better impulse control while playing sticks as opposed to drums or other types of percussion instruments, though I may experiment a little.
This is a relatively new song, but so far I’ve had lots of fun and success with it. The concept of counting to 3 over and over again is a bit difficult at first, but once my students can do that, they have laid the foundation for some pretty important music (and non-music) skills.