THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF IMAGINATIVE MUSICAL PLAY IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

Stories and Musical Play go hand in hand. We have been using the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” each week this term with our children 2-5 years. Parents have reported that their children have been inspired to recreate this story in so many ways. One family had their coffee table transformed into a cave with a blanket placed over the top to make the cave. The children acted out this story every night before bed time and started adding their own sequences to the story.

Another family created their own story, “We’re Going on a Beach Hunt”. They found a cave, imagined that there was a bear, and collected sticks, shells, colourful stones and driftwood treasure, which they took home to add to their musical sounds treasure box.

Yet another family had a Bear Hunt as their birthday party theme. They had a birthday cake with a Bear on top, they had a teddy bears’ picnic and played several of my teddy bear songs including “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and “I’ve Got a Teddy Bear”.

Such play extends children’s creative thinking, problem solving, language development, rhythmic patterning and musical skills. When families join in such play it builds special bonds and memories that can last a lifetime.

© Julie Wylie, 2017


Testimonials

First of all I’m very thankful for the book (“Music, Learning and Your Child“) – love it from beginning to the end! You and your work are so inpirational! Where I actually got to know about you, was from music therapist Mercedes Pavlicevic book called “Groups in Music: Strategies from Music Therapy” where she appraised your work. I am also practicing music therapy and I am mainly focused on mums and their babies/toddlers and I’ve found your approach and work to be really encouraging. All the best to you and lots of inspiration and strength to carry on with what you are doing!

Marion Untera, Estonia
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