r r r
m m m
Up my leg and past
s s s s l
To my tummy up he
d’ d’ d’
Past my chin and
to my nose
d’ d’ d’ d’ t t t
Now he’s creeping
down my chin
To my tummy once
f f f f m m m
Down my leg and
past my knee
d d d
To my toe that little
**Make sure to creep
your fingers up your body as if it is the flea!!!!
- children close
- give out Mr. Potato
Head parts to some children
- open eyes
- sing "Who has
the eyes? (s-m-m-s-m or s-m-l-s-m)
- child who has
the eyes sings "I have the eyes" (s-m-m-s-m or s-m-l-s-m)
- continue with
Apple Tree Game for Vocal Exploration - Keira Brown
| Here's a game that I developed in my kindergarten classes
for vocal exploration, steady beat, and high and low:|
We play the game "Apple Tree." The kids stand in
a circle and sing the song:
Apple tree, apple tree, will your apple fall on me?
I won't cry, I won't shout,
if your apple knocks me out!
s-s m s-s m s-s l-l s-s m
s-s m s-s m s-s l-l s-s d
they are singing, I walk around outside of the circle and tap two beats on each child's head with a laminated paper apple.
(Later, the kids will do that part.)
Whoever is last to get tapped on the head (as we end singing, "...knock
me out!") gets the apple and sits down. Getting the apple softens the blow of being out.
Once five or so kids
are out, I pass out more apples to the rest of the students. We all sit down and sing the song while tapping the steady beat
on our knees, heads, shoulders, etc. I realized that having something to hold, like the apple, gently forces kids to stay
with me who might otherwise zone out! It's also easier to see who's doing the beat correctly since there are red/yellow apples
moving rather than just hands.
Next, I tell a story about a silly apple orchard:
"Once upon a time, there
was a magical apple orchard where all the trees grew in a circle." (We all hold our apples up high since we are the trees.
We sit on our knees to facilitate high and low, yet we stay planted in one spot.)
"One day, ONE of the magical
apples thought it might be time to fall to the ground. It went..." (I do a downward siren while bringing my apple to the ground.)
the other apples followed." (The kids echo my siren and motion.)
"But it wasn't time to fall yet! So that silly
apple WENT BACK UP!" (Upward siren and motion, and all of the other apples follow, etc.)
We have the apples
fall different ways (i.e., like a leaf, spiraling, jumping from branch to branch, jumping to the very highest branch, etc.),
always my apple first and with the class following. We always accompany the movement with some vocalizing.
the one apple felt tired. The branch it was on grew long, long, into the middle of the orchard and gently dropped the apple
to the ground, and all the other apples followed." (I lean into the center of the circle and place the apple on the ground,
then the kids do the same, making a neat little pile for me to pick up later.)
My kiddos love this! Soon,
I'll tell the story but let kids be the lead apple. Later, I'll have a child be the storyteller. Then, we'll probably move
from apples to snowflakes.