Language & Literacy
Songs, Poems, &
I play my drum
with a tap, tap tap.
I play my flute
with a toot, toot, toot
I play my violin
with a zin, zin, zin
I play my guitar
like a Rock-n-Roll star!
(Act out playing the
instruments as you say this poem, at the end invite everyone to jam on
their "air guitar"!)
the children to make up other sounds that rhyme with different types of instruments
to add to the poem.
Talk about the music you here at a parade.
How does it sound, what instruments do you hear? Play some marching band music.
Have the children listen to see if they can pick out the different instrument
sounds. Play some instruments behind your back and see if they can
name the instrument.
the names of the instruments on chart paper. Talk about the letters each
one starts with. How many start with "P"? What does
"P" sound like. etc.
the children practice clapping the syllables in each child's name.
Literacy:Show a name tag or other form of print of the names as you clap them
together. Ask them how many clap each name is as you clap them to
encourage them to hear the different syllables.
Zin Zin a Violn
As you read have the children count the instruments with
you. If possible find pictures of each instrument and laminate them and
add a piece of Velcro to the back of them to make a felt board set to go
with the story. As you read the story reinforce the names of the
instruments and place them on the felt board.
Math & Number Concepts
Set out GEO boards for the kids to create
shapes on using rubber bands. Invite them to strum their geo board when
they finish to see what it sounds like.
Numbers- Make a set of musical note number cards. Find a die-cut or
make your own, program them with numbers and invite the children to
place the notes on a staff (draw lines on a piece of tag board) in
Music Matters- Print a copy of our
Matters Math game to help children with their number recognition and
one-to-one correspondence! Visit the Teacher's
Desk and print a copy from our games
& activites section now!
Home Made Instruments: Have the kids pick what kind of instrument they would like
to play in a Marching Band. DO a pretend parade, and have each child play
his or her pretend instrument. *Allow children to create one of a kind
instruments in the are area using a variety of materials such as Kleenex
boxes, toilet tubes, rubber bands, etc.
white paper, red, white, and blue, paint, straws.
Drop blobs of each color of paint on the paper, give child a straw
(with slits cut in the end) and have them blow the paint to make a splattered
*Play some orchestra music in the background
while they paint, typical of what you might hear at a fireworks display.
Tambourines & Shakers:
Hard paper plates, ribbon, small jingle bells.
Place two plates together insides facing each other. Punch
holes all the way around the edge of the two paper plates. Tie them
together with ribbon and add a jingle bell on every other one or two ties. *You
can do the same thing to make shakers only fill the inside of the two
plates with beans.
Classical Music Painting: Play a variety of classical music for the
children to paint to at the easel or at a table. Encourage them to paint
how the music sounds. We have even used q-tips for the children to paint
with while listening to classical music for an interesting effect to the
the children dictate to you how their painting makes them feel or what
they like about it. Attach
it to the painting and display it on a bulletin board.
Music Makers: Provide real, pretend and child sized musical instruments for the
children to use in making their own marching bands. Include fun dress up
clothes that might resemble marching uniforms. Batons and flags would be
fun for kids to use too.
Music & Movement
The Ant's Go Marching One by
One: Act out and sing this classical children's song with the
kids as you march around the room.
the children ribbon sticks to dance with. Play a variety of classical
music and ask the children to dance to the music. A head of time discuss
the feeling of each piece and how they might interpret it through dance.
Sound Discoveries: Do some activities with sound and
talk about how sound is made up of "waves". Fill glasses with
water and rub a wet finger around the rims. Put different amounts of water
in the glasses to create different pitches (works best with wine glasses).
Fill pop bottles with different amounts of water and blow lightly into
them to make different pitches. Ask the chldren to predict which bottles
they think will have higher and lower pitches and way.
Make Some Noise: Let kids experiment
making different sounds with small children's harmonicas or other party
favor type types.
Blocks & Building
Place a picture of a concert
hall in your block area, invite the children to build one with blocks.
Puzzles, Games &
Drum Sticks & Bugles: Pretzels
with marshmallow on the ends and Bugles snacks
Display the Children's
Classical Music paintings on a bulletin board. Attach a black musical note
pattern to each one identifying the artists name (Hint: write names with a
silver Sharpie pen).