Tag Archives: Springtime

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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Activity Inspiration: Singin’ in the Rain

19 May

This time of year, I love to use weather-related songs and activities in my sessions! Springtime weather always inspires me to break out my ambient instruments (frog rasp, crow sounders, canary sticks, rain sticks, thunder tubes, etc) and use songs about sun, rain and flowers. One of my fan-favorites from this season has been a movement activity paired with “Singing in the Rain” that gets everyone moving and has lots of opportunities for some feel-good solos.

When I introduce the activity, I usually show clients pictures of Gene Kelly dancing (quite adorably) with the light-post or a brief video, if possible. I mean, how cute is he?! Clients are then invited to volunteer for a “tap dancing” solo in front of the group. I usually model some snazzy moves (turning in a circle, kicking my feet out, jazz hands) but you’ll also love seeing what your clients come up with on their own.

I made a few portable umbrellas (gotta love those multi-purpose rhythm sticks!) and dug out two very suave costume hats for clients to hold and wear.

photo-12For some groups, I attach jingle bells to self-adhering Velcro tape (my bells too small to fit around adult ankles) and invite clients to wear or hold them during their solo. Because some of my adult groups have high numbers of hearing and visual impairments, I’ve found that this is a great way to motivate clients to move and participate, even from their seats.

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For your cool kids and teens, try this Glee mash-up of “Umbrella” and “Singing in the Rain.”

 For everyone else, I love Gene Kelly’s classic rendition!

 If you have lots of staff to help and don’t need your hands free, you can even play it live and vamp during each client’s solo. Have fun!

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