Yo- Ho, Pass the Anchor! A music therapy activity social skills game for elementary aged students

Ages: Elementary School

Variations can be done with children as young as 3 and 4.

Purpose: To improve social skills. To attend, cooperate, take and relinquish turns

and share with a friend.

Yo-ho pull the anchor. Yo-ho pull it now.

Yo-ho pull the anchor. Who is the captain now? (I am the captain now.)

We modify the song and sing “Yo-ho Pass the Ring.”

and “Stop. You’re the captain now.

Link to melody is below.

Equipment: A drum, xylophone or other instrument/toy to share.   Lyrics. A buddy band or elasto band threaded through a ring or other “threadable” object. (Mental picture: a bead on a necklace.)   The ends of our buddy band detach and we put a ring from a toddler ring stacker toy through it and pass that from person to person. You can put rope or paper around the buddy band if you need.

Sit class in a circle and have everyone hold the buddy band with the ring.   Practice passing the ring from child to child. When the children can do that, then sing the song while the children pass. Sing the song through and Stop as the lyrics cue.   Invite that child to play the instrument in the middle of the circle while the children sing and pass again.   Continue until each child has a turn.

Variations:

Ask a question to the child who has the ring on a topic relevant to the needs of the group.

Ask the child to share with a friend. Make sure everyone has a turn to choose and friend and to be chosen.

Have each child answer the question “Who is the captain now?” by answering

“I am the captain now.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLB-M4ZKEKk

 

 

 

by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy tunes.

Top 10 Activities for May and June

Spring; I think they got the name from watching kids spring, jump, fidget, wiggle, and bounce!  In the effort to help kids express their inner exuberance, we music therapists provide lots of experiences to utilize that energy in a success-based,  positive experience.  Of course, the children might not be aware of it but we are also developing their attention span, body concept, self-expression, concept development, social skills and more!

I’ll provide as many you tube links as possible so you can hear the melodies. And please remember that any song that gives a direction can be modified where either you sing your own directives based upon the needs of  your student(s) or you can incorporate directions/movements that the student suggests.  PECs pictures can be used to interact with low-verbal kids. You can reflect (lyrically and musically) the motions of the group, if these are part of your goals.

AND BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR OWN FAVORITES!

Here are my top 10 late spring activities.

1. I’ve got the Sunshine in my hands (Lyrics can be worked to teach about seasons and related activities)

2. When the Rain Comes Down (Relaxing song beautiful for signing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpJ2PjWGuTA

3. I love to Watch the River Flow (for following directions and vocalization of sounds)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6PZ-vCdc3k

4. The Caterpillar (for acting out the life cycle of a butterfly, and using imagination)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uN_6Z3iZQo

5. Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner  (Singing and signing, acting out the lyrics, following directions)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq-0JiKs2hc

6. Can’t sit still by Greg and Steve (energy expression, and following directions. Can be adapted in a myriad ways)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cspB9LoPfLw&list=RDcspB9LoPfLw

7.  Tweet Little Birdy by Margie La Bella (for acting out lyrics, repeating short sentences, vocalization, birds)

8. Inch by Inch, Row by Row (longer sentences, acting out the lyrics, taking care of our earth, growing plants…)

9.  Shake Something by Hap Palmer  (moving in specific ways reflecting a variety of concepts.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDaa7Q2so-s

10. One, Two, Three Wheeee  (for directions, impulse control, motor control)

 

Fun Birthday Song for children’s or elderly Music Therapy Group by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes

This was a spontaneous, group song that happened during a group instrumental “jam.”

The teacher called out “It’s Luke’s Birthday today” while we were playing “Skinamarink” for Valentine’s day.

We suddenly joined in (WITH Luke’s permission!!) a verse of a birthday version of the old standard.  It went like this:

G

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

G………….. Am

We love Luke.   (Rhyme likewise for other people’s names.)

Am…………….. D7……………. Am……………….. D7

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

AmD7….G…G7

We love Luke.

G……………………………………………….G7

We love you in the morning and in the afternoon.

C………………………………….A7………………….D7

Happy happy birthday underneath the moon!

G…………………………………………………………E7

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

A7…D7….G

We love Luke.