Are you sitting down? Yes? Then you might want to stand up and MOVE- or at least get your students up and moving more! I know YOU work all day, dancing, singing, talking, creating, managing, and at the end of the day just want to SIT or LAY down. But this post is going to give you some innovative creative movement activities to use with the Connect-a-Stretchy Band and Stretchy Bands.
This blog post is KICKING OFF the BLOG GIVEAWAY with BEAR PAW CREEK RESOURCES and SING PLAY CREATE. It’s part of a series of blog posts and FREE RESOURCES to help you with implementing creative movement in your classroom, or as part of your home school curriculum.
Bear Paw Creek and Sing Play Create teamed up to give you some FREE RESOURCES in a month long GIVEAWAY!
We know YOU want to do more creative movement in your lessons- So we’ve come up with some concrete-easy and FREE ways to help you SUCCEED!
If you missed the first post, you’ll want to READ “Awesome, Easy and FREE Creative Movement Activities” BY CLICKING HERE.
The series is concentrating on using different ways of implementing creative movement in your classroom. The Connect-A-Stretchy Band is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools because it is easy to use and can be used in so many different types of activities.
WHAT’S A CONNECT-A-STRETCHY BAND?
One of the reasons I love the products at Bear Paw Creek is because of their philosophy about music education. Here’s a quote from their blog.
“At Bear Paw Creek, we understand the importance of music and movement for developing healthy minds and bodies of all ages. Music stimulates both sides of the brain, lifts our spirits and makes tedious activities seem fun. Incorporating motion with music brings along all the excellent physical and emotional benefits of exercise, strengthening our muscles and improving coordination.”
Check out all there is to know about the Connect-a-Stretchy Band at Bear Paw Creek.
LOOK at what you can WIN!
A chance to win one of 4 connect-a-stretchy bands with Hub 8, a set of 24 bean bags, a Balloon Ball, and set of scarves from Bear Paw Creek.
You’ll want to ENTER THE BLOG GIVEAWAY HERE The winners will receive a Stretchy Band Activity resource with ALL Activity directions a Free Activity Song, AND A FREE Creative Movement Props from Bear Paw Creek.
Did you know that creative movement is the TOP solution to activating your students interest, helping them transition to music class and engaging them as learners.
It’s more than “Brainbreaks”. Students need to develop Gross and Fine motor skills. They need learning opportunities that connect and use all senses. They also need opportunities to use their bodies to express music.
And YOU- Teachers need strategies to keep students engaged and learning.
WHY CONNECT-A-BAND ACTIVITIES WORK
1 Provide opportunities to use large muscles to move and play games.
- 1 Using both hands together in activities.
- 2 Using arms and legs at the same time.
- 3 Using Right and Left hands.
- 4 Developing core stability and trunk rotation.
- 5 Moving across the midline.
2 Provide social interaction opportunities.
3 Provide opportunities for the brain and body to work together.
4 Provide opportunities to burn off stress.
5 Provide opportunities to gain strength and confidence in the body and promotes an active lifestyle.
6 Promotes balance.
7 Provide opportunities to find joy in moving the body.
8- Provide opportunities to use fine motor muscles.
- Activities that use only one hand reinforce and strengthen the dominant hand.
- Using two hands in activities strengthens bilateral integration.
- Strengthens fingers
- Provides positive experiences using fine motor muscles.
The winners of the GIVEAWAY will receive a Free Resource from Sing Play Create —-Either the Scarf Bundle of Activities or Bean Bag Activity Songs,
AND—the New Stretchy Band Activity Set. The Stretchy-Band and Connect-a-Stretchy Band packet with ALL Activity directions and a Free Activity Song-
One of 4 Connect-a-Stretchy Bands with Hub for 8, or, A Set of 24 bean bags, A Balloon Ball, or A Set of Scarves. Over $200 worth of products from Bear Paw Creek.
HOW TO USE THE CONNECT-A- STRETCHY BAND and STRETCHY BAND IN CREATIVE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
This brand new Creative Movement Activities resource includes eighteen (18) activities and directions, 55 Movement Cards including real pictures of real kids demonstrating how to use the bands and more ideas on how to use the bands in your classroom.
To get an idea of what’s in this 150+ page resource- KEEP READING! There are sixteen different ways to use this fantastic resource in your classroom.
1- CREATE SMALL GROUPS
Use to create smaller circle groups for games, folk dances and game songs like:
“Doggie-Doggie Where’s Your Bone”
Small circle Folk Dances like:
“Go ‘Round and ‘Round the Village” FREEBIE IN THE SPC RESOURCE LIBRARY
“St. Patrick Was a Gentleman”
2- FOLLOW THE LEADER
Use in all of your activities that use a line or circle for students to follow a leader like:
“Engine, Engine No. 9”
Play and walk on the beat
Skip-hop-tip-toe-sashay—movements that the leader chooses
3- TEAM BUILDING
The Bands are perfect for your choir, class and school team building activities. Great discussion starters to ask questions like:
Use them to start a discussion on why everyone is important?
Why do we include everyone?
How can we include other?
Ask the last standing student to share feelings about being left alone.
Ask students what happens if everyone doesn’t do their part?
Ask if each student is important?
Ask what are the things that everyone needs to do to help the group.
Ask what things students can do to help each other stay in the group.
How can the team work on communicating clearly?
How can communication be improved?
4- CREATIVE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
The bands can be used for creative movement activities. To read more about creative movement activities FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE INTRO ARTICLE ON CREATIVE MOVEMENT and get your FREE RESOURCE to plan your creative movement activities.
The music from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint Saens is perfect for creative movement activities. Not only can you use the “teach a music concept” activities, but students can express movement through music and activate their creativity at the same time.
The new resource also includes activities for the “Carnival of the Animals”, including some worksheets for students to connect the movement activities to music and their experiences.
It’s also perfect to use for easy games on those snow, reward and “I’ve lost my voice” days.
Why not play Freeze dance with students sitting around the band, several students dancing in the middle. Students bounce the band on the beat. When the music stops- everyone stops. The dancing students choose new dancers and then join everyone else around the circle. Wow! All students engaged and keeping hands busy.
5- STATIONS AND CENTERS
Set up your classroom stations or centers using the smaller segments to define the activities. You’ll want to grab these FREE STATION CARDS found in the RESOURCE LIBRARY. You can SUBSCRIBE RIGHT HERE.
Stations provide the students with diverse learning opportunities in one class time. They also give the teacher an opportunity to work with small groups to practice or assess skills.
Use the stretchy ands to define the space around the station activities, or to be one of the stations.
6- TEACH AND PRACTICE MUSIC CONCEPTS
How about using the bands to teach music concepts? Here’s some easy ways to implement them into your core curriculum lessons.
Show pitch as students sing songs or in listening activities.
Show Tempo in listening activities.
Short/Long- Duration –
Use small and big moves to show short and long sounds.
Show in listening activities
Beat- Steady Beat –
Walking on the beat around the circle.
Bouncing on the beat while sitting or standing
Whole circle or all sections of the Connect-a-Stretchy Band Create different moves for each section of a musical selection.
Divide students into small groups and ask them to create moves for a section of the song. Have each group perform as the music plays.
Use sections of the Connect-a-Stretchy Band to represent a section of the music. Demonstrate as the music plays.
Play classical music selections. Allow students to show movement with the band in small groups.
7- ENHANCE LEARNING- for EVERYONE
The Connect-a-Stretchy Band can be used in your classroom to teach, include and activate all students for better engagement. Perfect for inclusion activities, the Connect-a-Stretchy Band provides opportunities for students to experience whole body movement and work on spatial concepts. Helps students to see and understand how to stay in place, learn boundaries, and a to function in a defined space. These types of activities help special needs students feel safe by touching and holding the band.
Incorporating sensory experiences in lessons specifically helps special needs and kinesthetic learners.
The new “Stretchy Band and Connect-a-Stretchy Band Activities Set” has some great ways to help students with special needs.
Students can experience sitting, standing, by feeling safe while holding onto the stretchy bands.
Transition activities can be used to welcome students to class, introduce or prepare a concept, segue from one part of a lesson to another, exit students from class, or as stand-alone activities. Transitions can last from three minutes to ten minutes.
Instead of having the class come into the room and find their regular places, have the bands on the floor ready for students to pick up and use., or use the activity as a reward for great behavior during class. Have music playing or turn on music so that students begin moving immediately upon entering the room. Or, use the activity to close class to transition to another subject.
What about activities to prepare students to learn or practice music concepts?
What about extension activities?
Just choose music that will help prepare students for the concept or idea that you will be teaching that day. Ask students to “show” the concept. Perfect for music concepts and friendship, team building, sharing lessons.
Inside the new resource you’ll find 22 activity moves that you can use with the activities- or with your own creations. They also come on mini-cards for easy reference.
Here’s some of the moves you’ll find in the new resource:
1- BOUNCING LITTLE
2- BOUNCING BIG
3- ZIG ZAG
4- UP AND DOWN
5- FOLLOWING THE LEADER
7- WALKING IN A CIRCLE
8- HIGH AND LOW
9- IN AND OUT
10- ON THE SHOULDERS-HIPS-CHEST
11- JUMPING OVER
12- SLIDING UNDER
IT’S PURE GENIUS
Janet over at Bear Paw Creek developed this amazing tool for all teachers. The versatility of the Connect-a-Stretchy Band and Stretchy Band allows Music, PE, Classroom, Special Needs Teachers, Speech Therapists, Counselors, Physical Therapists, Music Therapists and Doctors help children with developmental disabilities, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and emotional disabilities students as it offers a multi-sensory learning experience.
I’m here to motivate you to do more creative movement in your lessons and SUCCEED by using the Connect-a-Band.
If you missed the first post with details on creative movement, you’ll want to READ “Awesome, Easy and FREE Creative Movement Activities” BY CLICKING HERE.
When you enter the giveaway, you’ll have a chance to win this BRAND NEW PRODUCT with 12 Fun Movement Activities you can use with Stretchy Bands and Connect-a-Stretchy Bands.
What’s next? Check out these posts on how to implement more creative movement activities in your classroom.
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Looking for resources now? I’ve put links to some of my favorite resources on the TEACHER LIFE PAGE.