Cover of "My Many Colored Days"

Cover of My Many Colored Days

 

If you lead intergenerational groups or preschool groups, consider a theme of colors, shapes and sizes. Here are ideas from a recent Music Sparks Sharing group you can modify for your group.

Sing “She’ll be coming Round the Mountain”. Consider having cards with pictures of objects such as a car, pants, socks, shoes, and food items. Have a second card set of box of colors. One person can pull an object while the other pulls the color.

Using Remo Sound Shapes(affiliate link)or images, sing about shapes to “Frere Jacques” (as found on many websites).

This is a square.
This is a square.
How can you tell?
How can you tell?
It has four sides all the same size.
It’s a square, it’s a square.

This is a rectangle.
This is a rectangle.
How can you tell?
How can you tell?
It has two long sides and two short sides.
It’s a rectangle.
It’s a rectangle.

This is a circle.
This is a circle.
How can you tell?
How can you tell?
It goes round and round.
No end can be found.
It’s a circle. It’s a circle.

This is a triangle.
This is a triangle.
How can you tell?
How can you tell?
It has three sides that join to make three points.
It’s a triangle.
It’s a triangle.

 

Do “Big Bear” rhyme by Lynn Kleiner. Take time to discuss the size of the animals in the rhyme. Children love this drumming activity.

Play Twister or use the Twitter Sound Shapes Playbook
by Lynn Kleiner. 
(affiliate link)

Create images of animals inside a shape and sing about them to “Where is Thumpkin?” . Here is an example:

 I see a bear. I see a bear.

What shape is he in? What shape is he in?

The bear is in the circle. (repeat)

I see a bear in a circle.

Explore the book – Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

  1. Sing the book to the tune of Greensleeves.
  2. Move to music you feel represents each animal such as  “Wild Horseman” for the horse or “Flight of the Bumble Bee” for the bees.i

Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear. You can sing it to “Bicycle Built for Two” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. 

Do the Color Hokey Pokey using scarves or streamers

You put blue in, You take blue out.
You put blue in And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

(Everyone move) You do the hokey pokey…

(Repeat, naming a different color each time.)

Listen to the Drums by Lynn Kleiner

Big Bear by Lynn Kleiner

Goldilocks & the three bears

Uno – Use an Uno deck of cards removing the change direction cards. Have instruments that are red, yellow, green blue and black (such as bookwhackers, soundshape drums, shakers, etc.). Take turn picking a cards and having that color play. When an Uno card is pulled, have everyone play.

Hawaiian Rainbows – Do the hula and hand motions. 

Looking for more intergenerational session plans?

Check out “Sparking Lives with Themes and Music“.

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