“Speechy Hot Potato” music & speech therapy activity

-Age: 0-5 and up
-Goal Area: Language and auditory processing
-Name of Activity: Hot Potato
-Objective: Children take turns being it: answering questions and playing the xylophone
-Materials: prepared questions appropriate for group, xylophone
-Method: Play a song meaningful to the group, and have the children pass a maraca around the circle.  When the music stops, the child holding the maraca must answer a question.  Invite the speech therapist into this process if you can.  (If the group is non-verbal, have the child follow a direction.)  That child then goes to the center of the circle and plays the xylophone while the process is repeated.  Continue until everyone has had a turn answering questions and playing the xylophone.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Sing to any age-appropriate song.  An non-fascinating example is as follows:
Tune: Wheels on the Bus, or any other kid song. As you see the words are easy to adapt.
C                                                                    G                       C
Shake the maraca and pass it down. Pass it down. Pass it down.
Shake the maraca and pass it down.
G                         C
Until the music stops.
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