Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Have Kids Invent Their Own Songs to Encourage Creativity

    Since St. Patrick's Day is rapidly approaching, we have seen rainbows everywhere, from foods, and crafts to science experiments. We occasionally get lucky and see one in the sky too.  Our children love rainbows and they enjoy singing.  Since this week's theme for Playful Preschool is rainbows, I decided to combine their love of rainbows and singing by having them invent their own songs. This activity is great for children of all ages.

Have Children of All Ages Invent Their Own Songs:

Give children a topic or a choice of topics and have them invent their own songs about it on the spot. You could also have topics written on pieces of paper that they draw out of a bag.  Whatever topic they pick, they make up a song about it.  If possible, videotape them and have them watch themselves and others.

Possible Topics:
  • Rainbows
  • Flowers
  • The Zoo
  • Ladybugs
  • Spiders
  • Animals (specific or general)
  • Outer Space
  • Pizza
  • Ice Cream
  • Dancing
  • Jumping

  • Encourages creativity
  • Helps kids develop improvisational skills which are important throughout life
  • Builds literacy skills by having them formulate lyrics
  • Helps them develop self confidence
  • When they are able to watch themselves on video, it gives them instant feedback about their own work
Here is a video of our kids singing about rainbows. You can see that they all have their own style and take on the topic.

Have you had your kids or students invent their own songs?  Do they do it even if you don't request it? Ours do! I'd love to read your stories on the Capri + 3 Facebook page or right here in the comments.

Rainbow Letter Formation Sticky Wall by Still Playing School
Rainbow Sensory Bin by Tiny Tots Adventures
Inventing Their Own Songs to Encourage Creativity by Capri + 3
Rainbow Domino Game by Rainy Day Mum
Rainbow Patterns with Blocks by Mom Inspired Life
Scented Rainbow Science and Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day
Preschool Engineering with Rainbows by Natural Beach Living
Design a Rainbow Technology Connection by The Educators’ Spin On It
Disappearing Rainbow Colors by Learning to Walk
Creating Salty Rainbows with Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
Rainbow Ice and Salt Experiment for Preschool by Powerful Mothering

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bunnies and Chicks-Crafts, Actvities and Recipes

  • This Paper Plate Bunny Craft by The Pleasantest Thing makes me smile.  It is such a cute Spring craft.
  • Your home or classroom would look so festive decorated with this Bunny Pom Pom Bunting by Thrifty Mum.
  • Are you looking for a new way to decorate eggs without coloring them?  Try making these cute Bunny Easter Eggs by The Nerd's Wife.
  • Puppets are a great pretend play activity for kids.  I love these fun  Rabbit Duck Puppets by The Pleasantest Thing.
  • These Needle Felt Easter Bunny by ZingZing Tree could be saved for years to come.
  • This Easter Tissue Paper Art by Mini Monets and Mommies is so pretty and colorful.
  • These Bunny Ears Headband by Moms and Crafters  are sure to encourage great imaginative play.
  • Kids would have a wonderful time playing with these Peeps Bunny Puppets and enjoying the Easter Games by Lalymom.
  • The Pom Pom Bunnies by The Mad House would be so much fun to make and display.

Check out the other fun Spring and Easter Round-ups.  You will have your crafts and activities set to go for the whole season!

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