Summer Bug Bite Song: “Remove it!” music therapy camp song for young children by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

Name: Remove it
Composer: Pam shiller on her “Bugs, bugs, bugs” CD
Tune: Dixie
Age: 4-8
Goal area: Social skills (following rules, natural consequences)  language
Method: Tell the story of the lyrics by pretending and acting out the words. Perhaps even go as far as to take your shoe off for verse two. Raise you hand, look up and sing the bee’s part in a high cartoon-like voice. (Use a low voice for the ant.) Point your finger and look like you mean business as you sing “take it out! Remove it.”  The kids will love the repetive lyrics and giving stern directions to the creatures. Mine do! Discuss bug respect and consquences for not listening. Make up your own verses.
Melody: Dixie (A way down south in Dixie.)

 Oh I stepped my foot on a little ant’s hill and the little ant said

“you better be still…take it off. Take it off. Take it off. Remove it.”
 Oh I didn’t take it off and the little ant said
if you don’t take it off you’ll with you had
take it off. Take it off.  Ouch! I removed it.
 
 Oh I stuck my hand in the little bees hive and the
little bee said “Goodness live”
take it out.  Take it out. Take it out. Remove it. 
 Oh I din’t take it out and the little bee said
if you don’t take it out you’ll with you had. Take it out. Take it out.  Bzzzzzz. I removed it.
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

Pop Pop fourth (4th) of July song for kids with a bonus chant

Goal: to improve auditory memory, language skills, oral-motor skills, sequencing skills, number concepts, fine motor skills
Materials: could include glow in the dark strips, and 5 pictures of different fireworks
Method: Show the children the 5 picutres of fireworks, count them slowly and tell the group to raise 5 fingers, Count them. Then sing the rhyme with the children adding in the motor component (tap and clap rhythms.) After the children are familiar with the chant, leave out the words “bang” and “pop” and have the children fill in the blank.
You can even have the children be the fireworks by lining them up and asking them to jump with the words “bang” and “pop,” Another variation is to have them play one instrument for those words, for example bang would be the cymbol and pop would be the drum.
This chant is a variation of the little chant:
5 little sausages cookin’ in the pan. One went pop and the other went bam. And so forth with 4,3,2, and 1.
4th of july rhyme. Dress this up for “older” kids by making all kinds of rhythmic variations on the bang/pop verse. If your kids giggle at the word bang, change it to pow or boom.
Examples of the variations include: bang bang bang pop rest (ta ta ta rest), or bang bang bang pop pop (ti ti ta ta ta) This turns it into an auditory memory drill.
5 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.
One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang (tap knees) Pop pop pop (clap hands 3x)
repeat the above line three more times. (ta ta titi ta)   or last time: Noisy, noisy make it stop!!
4 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.

One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang bang pop pop pop (titi ta, titi ta)
3 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.
One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang bang pop pop  (titi tah, ta ta)
Here’s a bonus song:

Fireworks go snap,snap,snap!                               
c-r-r-r-rcrack!  Zap,zap,zap!
Fireworks make me clap,clap,clap
On Independence Day!
—  —  —  —  —  —
I was Born in the USA! Born in the USA!
I Was Born in the USA! And it is Independence Day!
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes
 

“Doo-wa-ditty” summer creature song for music therapist and music education teachers by Margie La Bella of Music therapy tunes

Name: Doo-wa-ditty summer song (sea creatures)
Age: 3-7
Goal area: academics (sea creatures) language skills
Materials: Song, toy sea creatures, pictures thereof,
Method: Have each child tell you the name of a sea creature and possibly even the way they move. Incorporate the answer into the song lyrics and sing.
Adaptations: Have children pick out an instrument to represent their creature and play in turn.
Medody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR5yhKQo3dc  at 41 seconds in
Original Author Unknown from  http://www.preschooleducation.com
Sung to: “Doo-wa diddy diddy”
C                            F                              C
 There I was just swimming in the sea
              C                                            F                   G
singing Doooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
C                                          F                        C
All the sudden there’s a dolphin next to me
              C                                     F                 G
singing Dooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
           C (or just scratch strings percussively)
 
 She swam fast  (she swam fast)
 she dove deep.  (she dove deep)
 
she swam –  fast dove deep
Hey this dolphin’s pretty neat!!
 
repeat above with the following suggestions: 
 Dolphin-swimming
Crab-pinching
whale – breaching
shark swimming
mermaids plug nose and shimmy down
 
 
 
 
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“Can you Move with Me” A summer bug song for kids

Can you move with me (may be on Pam’s CD)
Goal area: receptive language, creative movement
Method: Therapist shows children pictures of creatures that move in different manners.
The children practice moving in the various ways and then move in ways specified via song lyrics. Stop the lyrics in mid sentence and wait for the kids to fill in the missing words. This begins to facilitate learning of the lyrics.
Adaptations: Children name creatures that fall within the different movement categories.
To give the children more time to process and respond by moving – – have the other adults echo each phrase after you.  Or try doubling each phrase ie: Can you wiggle like a worm…wiggle like a worm. Can you squiggle, can you squirm – – squiggle, can you squirm ?   Maybe do the whole thing with a drum and mark time as need be between each line. Adapt as needed.
               E
Can you wiggle like a worm,
Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter, can you fly,
             B7
Like a gentle butterfly?
                   E
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round?
                              B7  E
Can you move with me?

 

 
Can you flip? Can you flop? 
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
who is buzzing in a tree?
Can you move with me? 
 
 
 
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes
 

Summer Topic Song: “A hunting / camping/ fishing /sailing / swimming we will go” by margie labella of music therapy tunes

A hunting we will go.
Goal area: academic (bugs, bug habitats and their role in nature) language and turn taking
Materials: plastic toy bugs, (real bugs in a jar and a magfifying glass) or large pictures
Method: Each child either thinks of a bug, or chooses a bug from among the manipulatives.  Discuss that particular bug and sing.
Adaptations of the song include: see below the activity
   D
A-hunting we will go. A-hunting we will go.
                                       G
We’ll catch a __ and put it in a box.
        D                A            D
And then we’ll let him go.
Another song with the exact same write up would be to the tune of “Skip to my lou.”
Sample lyrics could include
An ant crawed up the tree. (Repeat 2x) That’s what you see outside/in nature.
A grass hopper jumped up high.    (As above)
A snake slithered in the woods.,,
 A worm wiggled in the dirt.,,,,
You can certainly prompt language discussion and objects within categories with this song.
 Ask “what did you see at the ____? ”  “What did you bring with you?” “What did you wear?”  “Who did you go with?”
“Who did/brought what?” and countless other questions.
Answers that you can sing back through the lyrics include:
Daddy brought a tent.  Daddy brought a tent.  We went camping and Daddy brought a tent.
We ran after fireflies.
We got lost in the woods.
We heard a giant bear.
The crickets by the tent went chirp, chirp, chirp.
Tom will bring the juice.
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

“Baby Bumble Bee summer song” gr8 for music and speech therapy for children

Name: Baby bumble bee
Age: 3-10
Goal Area:  Language (bi-labial production of “b”  sound.
Method: sing and do the motions. Pause before the words “baby bumblebee” and really emphasize  the “b” sound. Pace the song so that the children  have time to pronounciate.
Adaptations: ) Present the class with pictures of each verse and have them put them in the proper sequence. 2) Have each child find the correct picture in sequence and hold that picture up while the class sings. 3) Have each child in the group sing the different verses into a toy or real microphone.
Melody at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV2bCzQ5IA
            E                                                              A  (F#M)                    B7
1. I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee. Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.
       E                                                                  A                 B7 E
I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee.  Owch! He bit me!
(Motion here is to cup your hands in front of you like you are carrying a bee, Emphasize that this is not a smart thing to do….but just for the song you’ll allow it.)
2. I’m smushing up my baby bumble bee. Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.
I’m smushing up my babby bumble bee.  Now I gotta eat ‘im!
(Motion is to clap your hands and drag them across each other. In other words…smush them.)
3. I’m lickin’ up my baby bumblee bee…….(as before)
uh-oh: I don’t feel so well.  (Motion is to pretend to lick hands; a point that you’ll have to emphasize the pretend part thereof.)
4. I’m throwing up my baby bumble bee. …..
Whoa! What a mess.   (Do I need to explain this motion? For the faint of heart or faint of administration, you can change this to coughing up. If you have to, you can leave this out.Of course, all the kids love it!)
5.  I’m cleaning up my baby bumble bee…
I’m NOT gonna do that again.  (Motion: to wipe a make believe table with a wipee or to do a broom sweeping motion. )
6. Optional verse: I’m never gonna catch a bumble bee.
And that’s that!

“Dancin’ like a Leprechaun” standing and seated version of a great Saint Patrick’s day music therapy idea

-Goal Area: receptive language, attention span, energy release, socialization

-Objective: Children will follow directions of lyrics. There are TWO versions here. One is a standing circle dance and the other a seated movement activity. Both are below.

-Materials: Song and children.  An area to perform a circle dance. Toy leprechaun (as a visual.)

-Method: Review each motion with the children. Sing and perform the motion one sentence at a time until all have joined in.  String the motions and sentences together and encourage all to move together.

-Adaptations: Perform one movement and ask the children to label the motion. Then, ask the children to tell you what comes next. This helps improve expressive language and sequencing/memory skills.  Once the children know the song, sing it increasingly  fast and quietr.   Experiment with loud, soft, fast and slow but be sure to end peacefully!

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.

-Melody-Words and chords:

 

Tune: The Irish Wash woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS3J-rHpuag

Seated version:

Clapping like a leprechaun.  Round and around and around and on.

Tap your knees and give a squeeze. The leprechaun is going to sneeze!

aaaaahhhchoooo! ( This activity is a lot of stimulation. I usually repeat it several times going faster and quieter each time. I also ask the kids what comes next. And they always know!)

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Jumpin’ like a leprechaun around and around and around and on.

Slide your feet and point your toe. St. Patrick’s day is near (here) you know.

Hands held high. Hand held low. Hands in the middle and round you go.

Let go of hands and site on the floor. Quiet down as you were before.

(1 2 3 4. 1 2 3 4. 1 2 3 4 stand up as you were before. )

 

 

 

Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

 

 

“His Name is Fred” Saint Patrick’s day music therapy activity idea for children

-Goal Area: Memory/sequencing, motor skills, concept of spacial relationships (prepositions)  and receptive language.

-Objective: Kids move along the the lyrics and help describe their motions (expressive language.)

-Materials: a puppet or picture of a leprechaun.

-Method: The therapist first demonstrates the motion without the song and elicits participation of the group.  Then he/she incorporates the lyrics and melody.  The children are encouraged to move along AND to help remember and describe the motions.  Pictures can help with this.

Adaptations: Think of your own silly ways to move.

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.

Tune: 6 little ducks went out to play

1. There’s a leprechaun. His name is Fred. With pointy ears on the side of his head.

Side of his head, (on sol)

his name is (mi)

Fred.  (do)

2. With one foot up and one foot down, his swings his hips around and around.

Feet up and down. Hips round and round.

Side of his head, his name is Fred.

3. His arms; they stick out far and wide. He wags his head from side to side.

Arms out wide. Side to side.

Up and down. Round and round.

Side of his head, his name is Fred.

4. He stops to put his puppy dog rover. And he finds a four leaf lucky clover.  Puppy Rover. 4 leaf clover.  Arms out wide. Side to side. Up and down. Round and round. Side of his head, his name is Fred.

5. He crossed his arms that silly old elf. He gave a squeeze and he hugged himself.  Hugged himself. Silly old elf.  Puppy Rover. 4 leaf clover.  Arms out wide. Side to side. Up and down. Round and round. Side of his head, his name is Fred.

6. That’s the end there is no more.  Close eyes, now yawn, sleep and snore!

 

Margie’s preliminary collection of music therapy activity ideas

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“The Leprechaun Clown” Saint Patrick’s day Dance; a music therapy idea

Closely based on the Elf Clown by Susan Olson Higgins. 
 
Stand in a circle
Hold hands tight. Begin to walk to the right. (Pause.)
 
Now you leprechauns, spin around. 
Slap your knees and tough the ground.
Jump up tall and tap your toe. Tap it fast (pause) and tap it slow (pause.)
Wiggle your fingers and reach for the sky.
Clap your hands way up high.
 
All you Leprechauns, sit right down. 
And go to sleep you leprechaun clown!
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes