• Musical conversations. Discuss what is involved in a conversation (how it involves listening, turn taking, sharing ideas). Then invite a child to begin a "conversation" by singing a made-up song or clapping out a rhythm. When she is ready to let someone else add to the "conversation" with a sound or song, she can pass the turn to the next person.
  • A swamp orchestra. How does a swamp sound in the dark? What do the animals that live in the swamp sound like? Divide the children into three groups and help them think about swamp animals. Ask the first group to say a swamp animal's name in a very high voice. Ask the second group to identify a different animal in a very low voice. Ask the third group to name a swamp animal in a medium voice. Keep the sound going, and it will sound like a swamp at night!
  • Morphing and song shifting. Encourage children to have fun with words to familiar songs, such as: The itsy bitsy spider, climbed up the cherry tree, Down came the rain and she fell dawn on her knee .., etc. - Deb Hensley