Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Music/Movement
- Metal pots
- Wooden and metal spoons
- Wooden and metal containers
- Dried rice and beans
- Dried rice and ladle
- Plastic mugs and plates
Children will learn that they can make music with ordinary materials.
Collect several plastic containers and lids. (Recycled yogurt containers work well.) Fill a few with uncooked rice, beans, or pasta. Larger plastic containers can become drums. If you do not have enough kitchen items, send a note home to families requesting donations for your "kitchen band" activity.
1 Invite children to sit in a circle. Place all the "kitchen instruments" in the center. Explain to the children that they will each be able to choose something in the circle to use as an instrument. Show them how a plastic container and a wooden spoon can become a drum. Tap two plastic mugs or metal spoons together as additional examples.
2 Ask children to listen carefully as you shake the plastic containers that have been filled with rice, beans, or pasta. What do they think is inside? Open the containers and show them the contents. Does the container filled with beans sound different from the container of rice or pasta? Tell children that they can also use these "shakers" to make music.
3 Provide each child and teacher with an instrument. Ask everyone to take a turn and show others how they will play their instruments. Show children how they can create "beats" by counting as you tap your drum: 1, 2, 3, pause; 1, 2, 3, pause; 1, 2, 3, 4. Invite children to follow the beat. Then ask who wants to create a beat.
4 Next, sing a favorite song, using the instruments to keep the beat. The children can either sing or play along to a recorded music selection.
5 Invite children to participate in a "kitchen band" parade. March around the classroom, the playground, or even the school. Let the music begin!
Art/Dramatic Play: In the housekeeping area, invite children to prepare a special meal using clay and real kitchen tools such as pots, pans, wooden spoons, plastic utensils and plates, muffin pans, rolling pins, and cookie cutters. Use a variety of clay colors to enhance the creative process. Assist children in setting a table for their pretend meal. Document the process with photographs and children's dictations.
Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto (Scholastic Inc.)
Meet the Marching Smithereens by Ann Hayes (Harcourt Brace)
Parade by Donald Crews (Mulberry Books)