March into FUN!!

Developmental Music Therapy Group

We have had a fun time during our developmental music therapy groups this busy month of March. We learned how to wait in line to jump over rainbows while we cheered on our friends. We held onto our rainbows as we sang, danced, and followed directions in the context of a song. Mr. Frog helped us work on lip closure, and one finger isolation as we sang and he made everyone laugh and giggle. We also had a fun time playing our tambourines as we did a fun Irish jig. Our little train allowed us to learn how to push the button to hear the music then push the train to a friend. It’s so hard to learn how to share at the age 2! My little ones did such a great job we had time for parachute play!! We sang “one little, two little, three little shamrocks….bouncing up and down. They learned how to shake softly as we sang part one and quickly as we sang bouncing up and down. The kids were quick to find the lucky shamrocks and race back to the parachute to do it all over again!!

We followed it up by making rainbow soup!! Each child received an object representing one color and waited patiently for their color to be sung. Once they heard their color they transitioned from mom to the big pot where they were able to stir the pot. I was so proud of my kiddos for being great listeners while also being so brave to come up to the front of the room. They did a fabulous job!!! We rounded off our fun time with a short yet sweet little book called, “You are my sunshine” for a little rocking and snuggle time with mom and dad. For those brave enough to reach into the sensory bin, they were rewarded with playing with the Leprechaun’s loot!

Rudolph Rudolph


Rudolph
Even though Christmas is just around the corner, I am still creating new songs and visuals for my students.  One of my co-workers remarked today, as I was standing by the laminater, “why are you making something new! We only have 2 days left this week.”  At that moment I realized, as I was commenting on her question that making new and exciting visuals for my students is more like a hobby than a job.  I LOVE creating new songs and visuals.  Yes, I know I have a huge box of music therapy strategies for the month of December I could have pulled from . However,  none of them “spoke” to me this year.
 So, I decided to add a few new strategies to my repertoire. One of the strategies that worked great with all my groups was a parachute game.  I used Martina McBrides version of “Let it Snow” put cotton balls in the middle of the parachute and “made it snow.”  We found it to be quite the challenge to keep all the “snowflakes” in the parachute.  What a great way for our kids to work together to get a job done.

Another fun activity we did this week was putting cut out snowflakes in an 8 pattern on the floor.  I sang “Walkin in a Winter Wonderland” as the students used a reciprocal pattern to walk from one snowflake to another.  We even mixed it up and tried jumping, hoping, and stomping through our winter wonderland.

Finally, I added a new color song this year.  Rudolph!! Rudolph!!  I found this cute little poem on pinterest and thought Hey,  this would be a great song!!  I used the  piggyback tune “Twinkle Twinkle”  found some clipart on google, drew a few circles and shazam we have a new strategy.  Please email @ shaemtbc@gmail.com if you would like the visual.  I would be more than happy to share it.  Just put “visual for Rudolph” in the subject line.

Here is the Poem/song I used!!  Enjoy!!

Tune of
Twinkle Twinkle
Rudolph! Rudolph!
What will you do?
You can’t guide Santa
If your nose is blue!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
You’re such a silly fellow!
Who will know it’s you
If your nose is yellow!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Your way cannot be seen
Through the wintry weather
If your nose is green!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa gave a wink.
But what will Santa think
If your nose is pink!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
It’s time to fly at night.
But you’re quite a sight
Cause your nose is white!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
It’s time to go to town.
But Santa’s wearing a frown
Cause your nose is brown!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa has his sack.
But you’re not ready
If your nose is black!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
The children are in bed.
And now I know you’re ready
Cause your nose is red!