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Musical Garden Songs

  • May 2, 2011
  • Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard

Springtime is here, and much early childhood literature abounds with themes of planting, gardens, and flowers growing. You can supplement your favorite literature with this theme, as we share a “Music in a Box” idea for your Library Story Time. The format we use for “Music in a Box” will reflect a more inclusive approach for your Library Story Time.

“Music in a Box”   A favorite story about planting, gardens, and flowers growing.

Musical Materials:

  • Glockenspiel or Xylophone & Mallet
  • Slide Whistle
  • Wrist Bells
  • Colored Scarves
  • Parachute
  • Colorful Ribbon Wands

Garden Songs:

  • White Coral Bells
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips
  • April Showers
  • Singing in the Rain
  • In An English Country Garden
  • Oats, Green Beans and Barley Grow
  • Five Fat Peas
  • Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
  • Round and Round the Garden
  • The Mulberry Bush

Music Extension Ideas:

  • A whistle that can make low and high sounds like The Slide Whistle is a great tool to teach directionality or how plants grow “up”…or the sun goes up and then down.
  • Wrist Bells and a Parachute can be used to keep a steady beat pattern. These simple instruments and props facilitate kinesthetic learning, and emphasize patterns in language. Using such instruments while singing “White Coral Bells”, “Rain, Rain, Go Away” or “Five Fat Peas” reinforces rhythm.
  • Dancing to music, rhythmical poetry, songs, or chants, using Colorful Scarves or Ribbon Wands provides opportunities for socio dramatic play and rhythmical expression.

©MacPhail Center for Music, 2011


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