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Music in a Box, Part 2

  • May 25, 2010
  • Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard

This Blog will feature a “Music in A Box” entry written from each Musical Storytelling Workshop! Thank you to the wonderful librarians who submitted such great ideas. We are very pleased with your creative ideas and we hope for more feedback from you in the future.  We chose the examples below as they cover topics that are seasonal to our Minnesota spring.

Music in a Box

Book Title: Planting a Rainbow

Appropriate Audience: Early Preschool

Author/Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Literacy Goals:

  • Print Awareness (colors)
  • Narrative Sequence (planting, sowing, growing)
  • Vocabulary (descriptive words)
  • Phonological Awareness (rhyme)

Activities/Extension with Music:

  • Extend story with the songs “Inch by Inch" (or Garden Song), and chant “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary."
  • Illustrate growth using the slide whistle.


  • Parachute play to indicate growth.
  • Use pictures of flowers as visuals while singing “Inch By Inch” song.
  • Replace “garden” to the name of a flower in “how does your …… grow” section of chant.

Parent Education Tips:

  • Send home seeds for planting as a take-home activity.
  • Highlight color awareness.

We suggest creative movement experiences with a parachute or colorful scarves to enhance and highlight opportunities for color awareness. Socio dramatic and pretend play can be encouraged by asking the children, while holding colorful scarves, to become dancing flowers. Encourage creative movement by dancing to instrumental music.

Use the slide whistle or the parachute to demonstrate plants growing up!

Encourage the singing voice and vocal development by singing to “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow”-a classic nursery song.


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