Folk song games have specific forms.
What are a few forms of folk song games?
Water group has been studying the folk song Hop Old Squirrel. First we played the song game where we pretend to be squirrels hopping around and stopping to listen to our surroundings. The children had a lot of fun choosing other movements (walk, run, climb) to go with the song.
|Making the song map for Hop Old Squirrel|
Next we tried to feel the tempo (beat) of the song. I showed a metronome app on our iPad and we marched, clapped, tapped and nodded to match the beat of Hop Old Squirrel. The children felt the song going faster when the metronome was set at a higher number and slower when the number is lower. In the end, they chose the number on the metronome to be the perfect tempo for Hop Old Squirrel.
|Making the music sheet|
The children also made the music sheet for Hop Old Squirrel but instead of music notes we used symbols.