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5 Activity Favorites: EGGcellent MT Ideas

24 Mar

I like to go ALL OUT with bunnies and eggs this time of year. Can ya dig it? Check out 5 of my favorite activities below and get ready to shake, rattle and roll with your music therapy friends.

1. Roly Poly Egg by Kali Stileman. Believe it or not, my Mom found this book for me at the grocery store…and it is SO stinkin’ cute. It’s perfect for spatial concepts (up, down, over, under, etc) and has dotted lines that kids can trace with their shaker eggs. Sometimes I follow this book with Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken”–so visit Toneworks Music Therapy for adaptations.

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2. Egg Hunt. Buy yourself a pack of plastic eggs at the Dollar Store, and I guarantee you’ll get mad mileage out of them. My dyads and groups have enjoyed working together to hide and find the eggs, then do whatever action is inside. Depending on the clients, actions may be as simple as gross motor movements (clap, jump, skip, etc) or complex as working together to write a song or draw a picture. The George Center has even more fab ideas for this one, and Music for Special Kids has a cute song to go along.

unnamed (60)3. Egg Matching/Sorting. MORE PLASTIC EGG FUN AHEAD! For little ones, matching eggs is a great fine motor task. I bought little poof balls and my tiny friends have enjoyed sorting them into eggs of like colors. For kiddos working on number word ID, have them match the word to the number, then count the corresponding number of poof balls to go inside. I’ve also done this with rhyming words and color words, so check out my Spring MT Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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4. Egg & Spoon Race. This idea came to me from Rachel See in one of my fave Music Therapy Mailings kits. I like to work together with clients to create an egg obstacle course that usually involves balancing shakers on spoons (or various body parts), playing a rhythm/word on a shaker and any other silly things we can come up with (i.e., squawk like a bird, flap your wings, etc).

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5. Egg Sensory Bin. Take all your materials from above, dump them into a drum and BAM: instant sensory bin. Bonus points if you have other things to touch & feel, like felt, that green stringy stuff that goes inside Easter baskets or stuffed animals. Play some relaxing music and explore together!

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Music Therapy Olympics: Figure Skating Movement Activity

10 Feb

No Winter Olympics would be complete without some figure skating…and my Music Therapy Olympics are no exception. My students are having a blast this week with this fun figure skating movement activity (with many adaptations!), which can be implemented in a number of ways to suit your setting and client needs.

Figure Skating Movement Activity with Scarves

Goal Areas: Body awareness, gross motor skills, following directions, visual attention, positive peer interactions

Visuals to Make:

  • Scarves with snowflakes. Scarves are great way to add a visual element to movement activities, especially for those clients with limited movement abilities. This can be as simple as swinging the snowflake back and forth to get some visual attention and tracking going. Encourage them to reach out and grab the snowflake when you place it in different locations (directly in front of them, to the side, up high, down low). Check out this DIY scarf visual from a previous post.


Music to Try:

  • If you’re working with younger children, I recommend using “Snowflakes” (The Learning Station) from their Seasonal Songs in Motion CD . Song lyrics include concrete directions like “slip sliding, from your left foot to your right.” This can help your clients get the hang of swaying, sliding from side to side or shuffling their feet across the floor to mimic ice skating movements.
  •  “The Snow Is Dancing” (Debussy) is a beautiful piano piece that really sounds like snowflakes falling. Have clients stand and move their bodies and scarves along with the music. Encourage them to pay attention to dynamic, textural and tempo changes while moving.

Movements to Do:

  • Swaying
  • Sliding back and forth
  • Sliding across the floor
  • Slow spin
  • Jump
  • Finishing pose
  • Bowing (while the audience cheers, of course!)

Conversations to Have:

  • Have you ever been ice skating before? What did you wear? Who did you go with? What did it feel/smell/look like?
  • What qualities do good ice skaters have? (Graceful, hard working, dedicated, etc)
  • What is your favorite winter activity to do inside or outside?

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing MORE Olympics-themed ideas for use in music therapy sessions, music education classes and at home. Stay tuned for the next Songs for Success Music Therapy Olympic event idea!!

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