This summer I reviewed a resource for seniors: “Travel Unlimited”. Now for those working with the younger set, I am reviewing “In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music! Sunny, Stormy, and Always Fun Music Activities for You and Your Child” by Lynn Kleiner. This book comes with a music CD.
Lynn Kleiner has geared these materials for 3-8 year olds. Even so, I have used a few of the selections in intergenerational groups with much success. She includes patterns for puppet making and instructions for instrument making. Some tunes will be familiar like “Mister Sun” and “The Eensy Weensy Spider” while other songs may be new to you. Having used these materials the past five years, I can say from experience Lynn provides enough variety for ways to “perform” a song to keep them from becoming boring. Children seem to love the songs making this collection a great resource for parents, preschool and elementary teachers, and music therapists. If you would like to learn about purchasing, click on the “Fun Stuff to Buy” in the right hand column.
Having the CD makes it easier for those who are less comfortable singing to use these materials. A perfect voice is not required for this material to be successful. Just remember to sing along and enjoy yourself as children tend to follow the example before them.
No matter what the weather where you are, may your music making be merry!
- Your Toddler and Beat and Rhythm (teachstreet.com)