Activity Plan Mixed Ages: Musical Marching Band
Watch children bond with some band music.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Music
- Metal pots and lids
- Wooden spoons
- Plastic bowls
- Containers with or without lids
- Metal spoons
- Container of beans or rice for shaking
- Recorded music
- Gross motor
Invite children to sit in a circle and place the suggested materials in the middle. Ask them to describe what they see. Then, discuss how the items are commonly used. Explain to children that they will use these items to make music.
Invite them to choose an object and experiment with the different ways they can make sounds. For example, show them how they can use their hands to beat on the bottom of a plastic container. Give them wooden spoons to use for drumming on a metal pot or lid, or suggest they tap two large metal spoons together.
Choose a favorite musical selection and invite them to play their "instruments" along with the music. Start with a slow song so they can concentrate on keeping a quiet, slow rhythm. Then, introduce a faster tempo and encourage children to play louder and faster.
Invite everyone to form a line and march around the room playing their instrument. Suggest children take turns being the line leader. You can also take the activity outdoors and have a "kitchen band parade" on your playground or around the block.
Remember: If a child is particularly sensitive to loud noises, you may want to choose more plastic items than metal items for this activity.
Indoor Sounds: Ask parents to walk through their home with their child and take note of the different items that produce sounds, like washers and dryers, dishwashers, telephones, and vacuum cleaners. Encourage them to focus on quieter sounds as well, such as the drip of the coffee pot, boiling water, a clock, a computer keyboard, or electronic game. Suggest they make a list of the different types of sounds they can identify. They can bring the list in to share with the group.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: ART
Marching Band Hats: Collect enough large brown bags so there is one for each child. Roll the ends of the bags over a few times until they fit onto children's heads without sliding down. Provide children with tempera paint to decorate their hats. After the paint dries, add feathers, stickers, or other collage materials. Place the children's hats on their heads and let the parade begin!
Clifford and the Big Parade by Norman Bridwell
Cows In the Kitchen by June Crebbin
Parade by Donald Crews