- variety of music (including traditional or pop music reflecting the cultures of your classroom)
- variety of colorful paper streamers (using crepe paper or tissue paper)
- marker or pen
- masking tape
Objective: Children will use colorful streamers as they learn to move their bodies and dance to different types of music.
In Advance: Cut small strips of oaktag long enough to make circles that will fit around each child's wrists. Cut enough paper streamers so that each child can choose several colors to place onto the paper circles.
1 Invite small groups of children to the art area. Ask them to choose several paper streamers to attach to each oaktag strip. Staple their streamers onto each strip. Measure their paper strips around their wrists and staple closed. Write the children's names or initials on their paper streamer holders. Remember to make paper streamer holders for the adults too!
2 Explain to the children that they will use their streamers to dance to different kinds of music. Choose a few different musical selections of varying tempos.
3 Begin with a selection of music that has a moderate beat. Invite children to place their streamers ot their wrists and move to the music. Encourage children to move their hands different ways to accentuate the movement of their streamers.
4 Next, play music that has a faster tempo. Invite children to raise their arms toward the sky. Next, ask the children to move with their arms at their sides.
5 After children have danced as a group, invite each child to form a line behind a leader. The leader will choose a dance motion for the group to follow. Put on the music and begin the dance. Ask children to follow the leader's motion as they move in a line across the floor. When they reach the other side of the classroom, the next child in line becomes the dance leader. Continue the dance until all the children have had an opportunity to participate as leaders.
Science: Choose a breezy day to have children take their paper streamers outside. Ask children to stand in different areas of the playground. Encourage them to notice when their streamers are moving from the wind. Which direction is the wind coming from? Can they feel the wind on their faces? Ask them to notice other things blown by the wind. After children have returned to the classroom, engage them in a discussion about their observations. Create a language experience chart listing the things that they saw blowing about. Post children's responses.