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.
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.
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.