Top 15 Saint Patrick’s Day Activities
1. Seated folk dance using the song “Samsia” from “Lord of the dance.”
Here’s my write up of the moves: http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1300
Seriously, this dance is good for preschoolers to geriatrics.
Here’s the video: http://youtu.be/ijNW-gd0SU4
2. Dancing like a Leprechaun. Post: http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1292
3. John the Leprechaun. This song will be on my upcoming CD entitled “Songs at my Speed” under the name Dan, Dan invisible man. Here’s the post: http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1277
4. I love to use this holiday, as well as April fool’s Day to use songs that are about absurdities and use them as a language and concept building activity. Examples are
“The Elephant Song” by Eric Herman – truly magic for the kids. They love it. They “get” it. They discuss it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yihq8BIhL9c
5. My own “Miss Mary Makeover” is great for silly absurdities. It’s on my Sing CD track#6. http://www.musictherapytunes.com/musicPlayer.html Short phrases can be either echoed and/or discussed.
6. TDNL Do-wop on Sing’s track #8. Good for artic and any discussion on yummy/healthy/gross/inedible food. http://www.musictherapytunes.com/musicPlayer.html
7. Music Together has a great song called “Allee Galloo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hEKKI2B1Tw You can dress it up for different ages. Good for vocal play and copying motor / vocal activity.
8. The Unicorn Song: Act out the animals in the chorus. And the phrases in each verse can be echoed. http://youtu.be/h4bc9UwZsYs
9. The Rainbow song. Good for colors and signing. See http://youtu.be/WD3-8ANlP58
10. And of course, all the old standards like “When Irish eyes are smiling,” “I’m looking over a 4 leaf Clover,” “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-rai,” ” Macnamara’s band etc.