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Outdoor Musical Games

 

outdoor musical games

 

Yay, the sun is shining and the weather is warm! It's time to get outside and enjoy it. Did you know that you can do musical learning outdoors as well as indoors? As long as you have a portable speaker, you are all set!

Here are our favourite musical games to play outdoors.

 

The Freeze Game

A favourite in any setting, but so versatile too. The premise is simple, while the music plays the children have to move. But when the music stops, they have to freeze. Let's take it one step further...

Musical Statues: Have the kids break out their best dance moves. When the music stops, they have to freeze in a certain position - hands in the air, on one foot, hands on hips etc. No one gets 'out' in this version, but there will be lots of giggles with all the different positions.

Navigating the Space: Have the children move around in a certain area. Start simple by just walking, but after each freeze you can change up the movements. Walk, skip, hop, jump and then take it further by moving like animals. This is great for developing their spatial awareness.

 

Dancing With Scarves

Scarf dancing takes on a whole new level when you do it outside. The wind catches the scarves as the children dance and the sun shines through the fabric to create beautiful patterns. Children tend to be freer with their movements outside, so really let that creativity flow.

 

Shadow Dancing

Watch the amazement in the eyes of your little one's as they discover that their shadows dance with them. Encourage a variety of movement to different paced music to let the children experiment with movement.



Musical Hide and Seek

Have children take turns hiding while holding a musical instrument (like a shaker or some bells). The hiding children will then play their instruments and the other children must seek them out by following the sound of the instrument. This is fantastic for listening skills and cooperative play.



Musical Science

Combine two favourite activities for children, water play and making noise. Grab an array of metal items, bowls, cake pans, muffin tins, containers etc. Let the children fill them with water and 'play them' by tapping on them with a wooden spoon. Note the different noises they make, then experiment with different levels of water in each item. Great for discovering pitch - high pitched sounds and low pitched sounds.

 

Make some noise

Embrace the outdoors and get noisier than you would normally get indoors. Experiment with instruments, both DIY and store bought. Listen to the sound of the tappers outdoors, they make such a satisfying noise when they are tapped together. As do shakers, bells, castanets, xylophones and pretty much any other instrument you can think of! You don't only need instruments bought from a store to make music. Try tin can drums, rice in jar shakers, or small rock hand symbols. Let the children create as much musical noise as they like.



Outdoor Mat Time

This one is simple, do all the same indoor musical mat time activities that you usually would, but do them outdoors! The kids will love the adventure of it.

So there you are, some great ways to enjoy music and the lovely weather at the same time. If you are looking for some new music to use with these activities, then head on over to our website and grab some new tunes.

What Musical Skills Are We Working On?

It's hard to believe that we are learning while we are listening to music as with all the dancing and singing, it's so much fun! But our children are indeed learning at the same time!

All kindyRock songs are written with 12 educational principles in mind. So we are always teaching and the students are always learning. Because our music is so fun and catchy, this learning is not always apparent on the surface, but the brain is always ticking away!

The most first skill we are working on is our Musical Skills. 

 

Growing Brains:

It is quite obvious that we are working on musical skills while listening to music. But it is the kind of music. In order to gain the full learning potential from music, our children should listen to music that is appropriate to growing brains.

We all know that One Direction and Taylor Swift are super popular for our young people, but they do not teach the necessary core music skills in their music. Their music is full of runs, complex musical structures and many changes in tempo. Our young ones also need a simple melody so they are able to learn to sing without all those runs and dipping in and out of registers. If they are thinking about how to sing a song line, then they are missing out on all the other fun of the song!

Pitch:

Young children naturally sing in a higher pitch to adults. So when you are singing with your little ones, try and sing in a slightly higher pitch than you usually would. You will find that it's much easier for them to sing along in a tune that somewhat resembles the song! Don't go all Barry White on your children! 

 

Rhythm and Beat:

Finally they are learning rhythm and beat. By tapping along to the music, doing the actions in time and also playing instruments, students learn the fundametals of keeping the beat in music. This is a skill they will often pick up around 4 years old. As parents and educators we can help them learn by tapping to the beat on a part of their body, try not to shake their hands with the instruments in them.

 

If you would love to practice some of the Music Skills above then check out our At Home Music Packs. They are divided into age appropriate level, so you can pick the right stage for your little ones. They include 5 songs, the lyrics and a cool parent manual with tips on playing music with your children. Grab your copy here!

The KindyRock Concept

The KindyRock Concept

Judi Cranston, the founder of kindyRock, is excited to incorporate her passions of music, education and fun into the kindyRock Concept. Simply stated the kindyRock Concept aims to enhance children's development through fun musical activities.
The kindyRock Concept works at 3 levels:

  1. A fun activity that parents, educators and children can enjoy while developing great musical skills.
  2. A way of developing multiple essential learning areas by using music. Language skills, mathematical concepts, creativity, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, social skills (to name a few!!) are all developed. 
  3. On a deeper level scientists now agree that music fires parts of the brain that are not fired by anything else. Listening to music is great, being involved in music making is better still. Children involved in this type of active music making from an early age are given not just the gift of music but also the gift of making their learning easier. 

KindyRock is proud to present the kindyRock Concept in a number of formats that make it easy for children, parents and teachers to use. The best thing seems to be that the kids LOVE the music so they want to do it over and over again which is exactly what we want them to do!