The Musical Bus activity was designed for preschool children to have fun with music, while learning patterns and rhythms as a group.
Purpose/Objectives of Activity:
* Develop sound discrimination
* Develop sequencing ability with patterned musical experience
* Gain knowledge and experience with rhythms
* Develop awareness of tempo, volume, beats and timing
* Increased development of listening skills
* Large muscle development
* Social skills enhanced
* Raise self esteem
Space and Materials Needed:
This activity can be done in any large area of the classroom. There needs to be plenty of room for movement.
~ The Bus Song- Wheels On The Bus
~ Various musical instruments such as wrist bells, rhythm sticks, sand blocks, and cymbals, along with any others you want to fit into activity.
1. During music time, introduce the song and activity. Ask the children if they have ever heard of this song or tried to play any music to it. Have they ever thought about adding music to the song?
2. Start by showing what you would like for them to do with the music, as you sing it:
“The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round” as you are moving your hands in a circular motion, with musical instrument in hand, creating the music to go with the song. You should hear “ring, ring, ring” with each “round and round”.
3. Be deliberate in stopping and starting to move and allow for a pause in between each, emphasizing the sound that should go along with the words “round and round”, etc. Explain that the musical instrument sounds should accompany the chorus words.
4. Give each child an instrument. Let them know that you are first going to start to work on the pattern and beat. Everyone should practice the pattern “tap-tap-tap” until they are all in sync. This should be a lot of fun to practice!
5. Encourage the children to move their bodies to go along with it as well, once they are comfortable with the beat. Continue with the beat and pattern, and movement of your bodies.
6. Everyone begin to sing the song together, playing the instruments, and moving your bodies, all in sync. Observe the children and help any who seem to be struggling with the pattern and the song.
7. You can continue to do this song over again or introduce another song with a similar beat pattern.
Remember to be enthusiastic and elaborate your movements to show children expression, so they may to be expressive with their music and movement. Some children may not want to participate. Do not force them; simply give them another activity to do.
Evaluation and Follow Up:
Were all objectives met? Did this peak a desire for the children to do more music and movement activities? What would you add or take away from this activity the next time?