Movement activities are one of the easiest and most productive types of activities you can do at the end of the school year! Right? It’s down to the wire and the kids are so excited for summer, as well as teachers! That’s why I am sharing this blog post about Stretchy Band activities and a Give Away!
WHY STRETCHY BAND ACTIVITIES?
“At Bear Paw Creek Movement Props, 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:
Using stretchy bands is more than just giving students “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.
Stretchy Band Activities provide much needed movement where students have to cross the mid-line. Picture drawing a line down the center of your body. Activities that ask students to move from one side to the other make stronger and long lasting brain connections.
Check out how to use a CONNECT-A-STRETCHY BAND at Bear Paw Creek.
Here’s a FANTASTIC example of a movement song that has students crossing that mid-line. Check out Jack Hartman’s Brain Breaks Song:
STRETCHY BANDS KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED
And for me, I need need strategies to keep students engaged and learning until the last bell rings.
I put the bands out on the floor before the class comes into the music room. This way, they’ll know something special is coming their way!
Have you bookmarked this FREE STRETCHY BAND SONG? It’s available on YouTube at the Sing Play Create Channel
STRETCHY BANDS MAKE STUDENTS MOVE
Hopefully, I’ve got your attention now about the importance of using movement with your music lessons.
Because using a stretchy band is going to require students to move in all different directions.
You’ll want to keep reading to learn all about stretchy band activities.
Looking for stretchy bands? You can purchase them from Bear Paw Creek or on Amazon!
MORE STRETCHY BAND ACTIVITIES
So, I’ve put the links to the 3 Blog Posts that I wrote on Stretchy Bands.
They’re full of tips and activity ideas.
Here’s another short video to get your creative juices going!
Don’t forget to enter the Stretchy Band Activities and Give Away.
And finally, you can learn all about stretching learning using stretchy and connect-a-bands from this post.
I love my stretchy band and my connect a band! My 6th graders always ask for them!
If you’re interested in my resources for stretchy bands, you can check them out here:
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE:
I’m hoping that this article gives you some fresh ideas for your stretchy band activities!
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