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

You have filled our lives with Magical Musical Play. We used your Pirate Song, the Balloon song, and “I’ve Got A Hat” song for Theo’s fourth birthday. The children couldn’t resist the giant balloon. Even the shy children became involved wearing funky hats dancing and enjoying the beautiful arrangements for trumpet and saxophone in the Hat Song. Thank you for giving us this amazing gift of music to enjoy with our children.

The Holcroft Family
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