Music is not only notes. Music is a sound, it is a feeling, it is an action, it is a rhythm. Music is fun and there are many activities for children that each teacher or parent can use during the day at home, in the class, at a birthday party, or on holidays. Here you can find 5 fun activities through music and movement that can improve your children’s skills and make them feel happy.
1) Which instrument is missing?
Age-group: any age-group (small group)
Requirement: different instruments
The group sits in a circle. Each child has a different instrument, except for one child who will not have instrument and who will be guessing during the game. While that person listens carefully, the others take it in turns to play something on their instruments, to demonstrate clearly the different sounds. After that, the person without an instrument sits somewhere in the room with his back to the group and closed eyes. The leader now stops playing one instrument and all the others start playing at the same time. The listener must now try to understand which instrument is not joining in. When he finds the right instrument, then a new round starts. If he does not find it, he can have one more try.
2) Name Game
Age-group: children (not too large)
Duration: dependent on the group
The group sits in a circle and each child has an instrument. Taking it in turns, they say their names and play one rhythm that they want on their instruments. Every time someone gives his name and plays his rhythm, the whole group can repeat the rhythm a few times. When this is completed, someone should begin to play on his own instrument the rhythm of another person. As soon as the person concerned recognises it, that person starting playing the rhythm of someone else’s, who in turn reacts by playing that of someone else etc. The leader has to encourage the group to play and try even if their rhythm is not complicated.
3) Guessing Mistakes
Duration: fairly short
The aim here is for the group to detect and correct an expedient mistake in a song. The leader sings a well-known song several times, but, without making it too obvious, change something in the tune/text/rhythm. The first who discovers and corrects the mistake wins a point. You can use it as part of a quiz for more fun or to relax after a difficult lesson/day.
4) Remembering Sounds
Age-group: any age-group
Requirements: pen and paper
Duration: about 10 minutes
The group members relax, lying on the floor or sitting in a chair with eyes closed. For about five minutes the leader uses objects from the immediate environment to make various sounds, leaving a short space between each one (blowing into a bottle, swishing the curtains, knocking the door, opening the window, making air with his mouth, clapping his hands, laughing, etc). At the end everyone tries to remember and write down the sounds. When they find the sounds, the leader can ask them to put them in the right order. This is a good exercise for children to concentrate and to train their ears in the different sounds.
Age-group: any age-group
Requirements: record player or tape recorder
Duration: about 15 minutes
Put on music, that children can dance. The group runs or dances in a way that is suitable to the music. Suddenly the music stops and everyone has to freeze in the exact position they find themselves. The leader makes sure that nobody moves and after 30 seconds the music starts for more dancing until the next stop.
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