Below are examples of how I use spring to inspire music learning with shakers, drums and rainsticks to create thunderstorms."It is springtime" (tune "are you sleeping") I created this song, not only to encourage repetition but to encourage children to think about what happens in the spring. How do they know spring is here? I can put almost any answer into this song, for example:
Favorite Songs and Stories
"It is springtime, it is springtime winters gone, winters gone
The sun is shining, the sun is shining, it's getting warm, it's getting warm" We can add things like snow has melted, ice has melted, birds are singing, flowers are growing etc.
Then I can change it to "it is raining" and incorporate the instruments and take the same song/tune to a whole different level.
Another favorite song/activity is "the seed song" below. Children can think about and pretend to be seeds in a garden and "grow, grow, grow" there are also songs and books that add to this topic.
I'm a little seed in the dark, dark ground.
Out comes the yellow sun big and round
Down fall the raindrops soft and slow,
up come the little seeds grow, grow, grow.
Way up high! Way down low! This is my high low song!
We are bending! We are bending! Way down low to the floor/ground"
We are stretching! We are stretching! Way up High touch the sky
Xylophone Color Scale Song
"High Low Song"