Two Butterfly (Spring) Music Therapy Activities for Children 1. Instrumental 2. Drama

The Caterpillar songToday, one of my four-year-olds made a brilliant connection and it spurred a whole new

activity that would fit in any spring and/or butterfly unit!


I picked up a white “knock-knock” egg (one of a pair of wooden oval spheres that I bought for a dollar at a craft store) and said “look, a caterpillar egg!”  Griffin then pointed at the fish/guirro and exclaimed  “and that’s a chrysilis!”  Love it!!


So for the rest of the day, we had the life cycle of a butterfly in instruments right in front of our eyes, and then our ears.


Two eggs were the caterpillar’s eggs.

Two short rainsticks were the caterpillars.

Two fish standing up were the chrysilises

and two group of  two tambourines held together were the two butterflies. 


Griffin made my day. 


We then alternated between having each group of children come up front and playing their specified instrument in turn,  and having the entire group play together.  To make this easier, the kids placed their instruments under their chairs until I played an obvious musical cue (big V7 chord)  and said “let’s all play together, everyone.” 


Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

Sample words:


Everybody play. Everybody play. Let’s join in together. Everybody play.


Then as each smaller group came up with their specific instruments, I sang something like:


Let’s listen to the eggs.  Let’s listen to the eggs.  Amber and Ellion great! Let’s listen to the eggs. 


We had a ball.  It tied in with the classroom lessons and it was something NEW for this veteran MT to do all day! 


After that all we acted out the words to my Caterpillar Song on the floor and around the table.

If you can’t move around as such, this original tune can be done while seated!