|Posted by teachcreativity on June 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM|
I'm finishing up planning my summer lessons and I thought I'd share some of my favorite (and my students' favorite) musical activities for this time of year:
1. "Jump Over the River." I put two long lines of masking tape on the floor about a foot apart and the children take turns "jumping over the river." I like to put on a musical recording for accompaniment - my favorite is "Row, row, row" from Brent Lewis's all-percussion CD "A Tisket, A Tasket, A Child's Rhythm Basket." This game is so simple, but kids LOVE it. If it's easy the first time, I make the "river" wider.
2. "Listen to the Water." Fun song with actions. There are many versions - my favorite is by Peter and Ellen Allard. It's very bouncy and happy.
3. "Una Sardina." This is Charlotte Diamond's Spanish translation of her song "Slippery Fish." One by one, the fish in the song get eaten by bigger fish, until a whale gets eaten by a mysterious creature who has a great big burp! I actually like the Spanish version better, it's amazing how quickly even four-year-olds pick up on the Spanish words.
4. "The Very Quiet Cricket" (story) by Eric Carle. Nice for when you want a calm activity - and there's a very cute surprise at the end.
5. "Old MacDonald's Bugs." We just play and sing "Old MacDonald," but with a twist - all the animals are bugs - grasshoppers, worms, ants, butterflies, etc. - which the children act out. This one is always a hit!
What are your favorite summer music activities?
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