Posts Tagged “music and movement with children”

fish

Our theme today was  FISH.  We read two great fish books — classic Swimmy by Leo Lionni and Trout Trout Trout by April Pulley Sayre.

Trout Trout Trout was a really fun book to read aloud — it reads as a chant with lots of rhythm.  It is also a great book to introduce readers to a whole host of unusual fish that most people probably have not heard about or even seen.  There is an inforative section in the back of the book that talks in more depth about each of the unusual fish featured in the book.

We practice couting from 1-5 and from 5-1 with our felt board activity — 5 Little Fishies.  And of course we sang and grooved to some great Greg and Steve tunes.

Next week’s theme is SLEEP.

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icecream

I Scream!

You Scream!

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Today our theme was Ice Cream, of course!  We read Splat the Cat:  I Scream for Ice Cream and Should I Share my Ice Cream?

We did a really cute ice cream felt board rhyme too.  Click HERE to go to the blog.

We sang some songs from our song cube and did a little freeze dancing, too.

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Summer Reading Kicks off this week.  This summer we added a program just for our Toddlers.  We named the program Tadpoles.  When they sign up for summer reading, Tadpoles receive a game board.  Once they complete five of the acitivities they can turn in their game boards for a trip to the prize box.  YAY!

We’ve invited the Erie Zoo to come on Tuesday, June 28th at 11 AM to do a program for the Tadpoles called Animal Bop.  Preregistration and participation in SUmmer Reading are required.

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abc

Today our theme was the alphabet.  We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Click Clack Quackity Quack.  We played an alphabet game for our felt board activity.  Of course, we sang some songs from our Song Cube and danced to music, too.

I know I’ve talked about the importance of music and movement for young children before, but this time I’m going to share my top secret go-to activities that can be pulled out of your hat with little or no preparation.  Sometimes we just have to get up and move!

  1.  Freeze Dancing.  Even very young children can understand the concepts of “stop” and “go”.  Basically, you need a large safe open space  and any type of music with the ability to stop the music or turn off the volume.  I personally like to mix up the music — fast/slow/pop/country/classical/etc.  for a little music appreciation experience.  This is a wonderful activity for multi-age groups.
  2. Bean Bags.  There are entire CD’s devoted to bean bag activitiies, but you can simply use them with your choice of music too.  With a little preparation you could plan specific actions to music or even try a Simon Says version.
  3. Balloon Dancing.  Balloons are fun and help even the most reticent child to get involved.  Balloons may not be appropriate for very young children, however, so know your age groups.  With a little prep, you can come up with simple games and activities that can be set to music.  Each child could have his/her own balloon or you could do group activities with one or two balloons.
  4. Simon Says.  Remember this game?  Use your imagination and do it with music.  Clap your hands.  March to the beat.  Play air guitar.
  5. Follow the Leader.  A lot like Simon Says.

Now that you know my secret weapons, mix and match them to create your own variations.

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