UTENSILS for the WIN!!: Visual arts, Drama AND Music!
Ask the littles if they know what utensils are. Many don't know that word yet so you may have to connect the word to physical objects. Let them have a spoon. Ask them to explain how people use spoons. Next, have them put on their thinking caps and see if they can come up with new ways to use a spoon. Eg. shovel to plant a seed, bang it to make music, etc. Once they have a few ideas, and you can throw a few in there as well, incorporate that into a drama game:
UNUSUAL UTENSILS (Yes I just made that up!)
Here's how to play:
If you trust your kiddos playing with a fork, switch it up and use a fork (with reminders about safety!) to be a comb, a back scratcher, etc. It helps to brainstorm ideas BEFORE you play so the kiddos have some ideas to go with! Don't forget spatulas and potato mashers are utensils too!
Next up, MUSICAL SPOONS!
Grab a spoon and a pot, a metal can with ridges, a cheese grater (SAFTEY CHECK!) and anything else you can think of. Run the spoon down the can, bang the can on the top and the side, slide it down different sides of the grater (reminder to keep fingers away), tap the pot on the top, the side, the handle, etc. You can also throw in wooden utensils and listen for the different sounds they make!
Then for my favourite part...let them play! Encourage loud then soft sounds, fast then slow, etc. It helps to set up a FREEZE for when it gets too loud or silly; I have the littles hold the spoon UP in the air whenever I shout "UP". They even have fun practicing the freeze word and that's usually how I get activities like this started.
If you want to add some extra learning (YES PLEASE!) talk to them about percussion instruments. I would typically be starting my unit on instruments this week!
When you are done, awe them (and yourself) with this :)
TIME FOR SOME ART!!!!
Now that your eardrums are blown, time to make a mess!!!
Get out some paints, paper and utensils and let them at it!! Make prints, slide, scrape...sky's the limit!! If you don't have paint, or don't want a mess, try making prints in play dough (lots of online recipes you can make at home!!).
Looking for more musical fun? Introduce the UKULELE; STRING INSTRUMENT :)
Click the pics below for some info to share. The key concepts for the littles are that it's a string instrument (sound comes from vibrating springs) and that it has 4 strings (count them!!). You can get a rubber band and have them pluck it as you hold it at various tensions.
Time for a Sing-a-long! )
And a craft :)
Here is a really cool project I found (have not tried) however you can make a simpler version with just a cereal, shoe or kleenex box. Google it! If you are ambitious and want to try the deluxe version just click the picture below!
Time to use your new ukulele and put on a concert for your family!!
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/