Activity Inspiration: When It Snows

9 Dec

In honor of the snow day I’m currently enjoying in Maryland (WOO HOO!), I’d like to share a winter drumming activity called “When It Snows” that I created for my students. I like to pull this activity out when snow is in the weather forecast to help prepare my students for what they might see or feel during a snowstorm. I also tend to pair this activity with songs about what to wear when it’s cold outside!

Primary Goal Areas:

  • Following directions
  • Imitating movements
  • Sequencing (words, movements or both)

 I specifically structured the melody so that it will cue clients to execute different ways of playing their drums, such as two drums beats after each phrase or a rumble on a V chord. I usually introduce this song by asking clients to listen to the words while I sing and just try to do the drum beats and movements. I will also display a visual that contains the four lines and movements that I fade out once my clients become familiar with the song. It may also help to point at each picture icon when it is time to do that movement or have a client do the pointing.

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Below is a chart of the four key lines and corresponding movements that you’ll hear in the recording below.

Line

Sound

“The wind will blow”

Rub drum with flat hand

“The snowflakes flow”

Tap fingers lightly on drum

“Snowballs we’ll throw”

Hit drum once and say “SPLAT!”

“I might feel cold”

Hug self, shiver and say “BRRRR”

 Additional Adaptations:

  • Finger Play: For younger clients, turn this song into a finger play with simple gestures for each line (cup hands and blow for the wind, wave fingertips for snowflakes, etc).
  • Songwriting: Work together to write lines and corresponding movements based on client knowledge of what happens when it snows
  • Turn-taking and Impulse Control: Assign a different line to each client. This requires them to know:
    • The words
    • The movement/drum sound
    • Where their line fits into the song (what comes before and after)

I hope you enjoy this FREE VISUAL AID DOWNLOAD  and sound recording of “When It Snows.” What are your favorite snowy day activities? 

 

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5 Responses to “Activity Inspiration: When It Snows”

  1. Liz December 10, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Great song! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Songs For Success December 10, 2013 at 2:00 am #

      Thank you so much!!! It’s awesome to get positive feedback. I hope you’re able to adapt this song for your own practice!

  2. Liz February 4, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    I wanted to give you an update on how I have been using this song with some of my clients….. It has been great for imitation, sequencing, singing, reading (the visual), and engagement with several of my individuals. I have really enjoyed using this song and my clients are loving it too! Thanks again for sharing this great song!!! I’m sure I will be able to use it for a while longer as it looks like winter is not ready to leave Michigan (where I am) anytime soon!!!

    • Songs For Success February 5, 2014 at 12:41 am #

      I can’t thank you enough for keeping me updated about how you’re using this activity! It absolutely makes my day to know that your clients enjoy the song and that you’re able to use it to work on so many goal areas. That’s the reason why I love blogging about activities that have worked well for me–so other awesome MTs and educators can have the chance to try them out and hopefully have the same experience! Stay warm in snowy Michigan and PLEASE stay in touch! Sending a high five your way from MD. 🙂

  3. Lynsey MacRitchie November 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi there!

    I’m messaging all the way from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and just wanted you to know how far your resources are reaching!!!!! I’m trailing through your blog just now making a note of all these fantastic ideas!!! I honestly can not thank you enough for posting these. The thing I find hardest in my work is finding the time to dedicate to building up resources and creating ideas….how are we meant to find time for that when we have so many clients to see!! I promise one day I will get round to starting a blog so that I can share the love right back 🙂 xx

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