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Here are some samples of the kinds of activities I've found work really well with young children ...

MAKING SOUP

  • (to experience a continuous flow ... no materials needed)
  • --- "Let's make some soup! --- what can we put in our soup????"
  • --- "Let's chop-chop ... get out your choppers (side of hand on open palm)
  • --- CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP CUT OFF THE BOTTOM AND CUT OFF THE TOP WHAT WE HAVE LEFT, WE'LL THROW INTO THE POT CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP.
  • --- When children know it well we can chop fast, slow, low/high/whisper/no voice
  • --- "GET YOUR STIRRERS READY!!!"
  • --- Sing a melody while stirring with arms ... repeat twice using other body parts ... take a taste ... do while sitting first ... standing next time.
  • --- HOLD BABIES AND GENTLY STIR THEM.
children dancing

FEELING A STEADY BEAT
(Supports all areas of development)

  • --- Groups of children with adults hold hula hoops and bounce while singing
  • --- Pairs of children hold hands and sing while rocking back and forth
  • --- Individual children rock side to side while sitting or standing
  • --- With recorded music, tap bodies and incorporate bi-lateral arm patterns with or without paper plates

Children and Music

LISTENING ACTIVITIES
(A major focus of Sing With Me - Essential for learning.)

  • --- With slide whistle, start in crouched-down postiion.  Children rise up and down to sound of whistle.
  • --- With slide whistles, adult makes different sounds and children echo back with their pretend whistles.
  • --- Record sound effects, have children listen with their listening ears and lips zipped
  • --- With recorded music that has distinctive patterns, move arms in a different manner for each pattern.

Children and Music

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