I can’t believe I only have two more weeks of summer vacation left. In my mind, summer is just getting started. In honor of that, I have decided to dedicate today’s post to beach songs and activities!
This past month has been filled with activities as a family. Our oldest is about to turn two, and it was so much fun watching him play and discover new things while we were on vacation. One thing he discovered was the beach. We were on the Oregon Coast (which is amazing, if you haven’t been) and the temperature was perfect. In the past, the weather has been pretty chilly, and the water has been too cold to step in. On this particular day, though, the weather was wonderful. It was nearly 80 degrees, and the water was warm! I couldn’t believe it! My son squealed with delight watching the waves, and he enjoyed getting his feet wet.
There’s a cute beach themed book called “Otto Goes to the Beach” that I discovered at a music teacher conference I attended several years ago. The presenters used the book to help teach rhythms, but there are many ways to use the book. There are several characters in the book, which makes it perfect for creating a sound story.
Here are some ways to make a sound story:
- find instruments (real or homemade instruments) to represent the different characters in the story
- create sounds to represent each character
- have different children act out the different characters
- use puppets or stuffed animals to re-tell the story
- sing the song “A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea” using Otto’s name in place of Sailor
I’d love to hear from you if you try this!