Our 4 year old is in preschool this year, and one of his favorite things about his preschool is music time. Between Christmas vacation and snow days, there was nearly a month without music class, so we had music time at home. An easy way to have music time at home is to make a basket that you can get out anytime you want to have music time. Today, I have a few ideas to share to help you create your own basket for music time.
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You might be thinking “what is a music time basket?” A music time basket is a basket (or bag) that is filled with a variety of props and instruments to use during music time.
What should you put in your basket?
It will depend on a few factors:
- how many children you have
- children’s ages
- how much time available for music
Next, think about any favorite books, activities, and songs your children enjoy.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- story books
we have egg shakers that are used all the time at our house. But you could use maracas, drums, triangles, or even make your own!
these are great for story telling, taking turns during games, or just being silly (check out how we use our bee puppet)
bean bags, scarves, stretchy band, parachute, plastic cups (to use with the music, like passing to the beat or moving up and down)
- music CDs (if you still have them!) and portable music player
- dress up costumes
animal masks could be colored and cut out while listening to the Carnival of the Animals
- song cards
have a list of your favorite songs! Click here for ways to use the song cards
How do you use a basket during music time?
The great thing about a music time basket is that you can create the experience any way you’d like. You can choose what’s inside the basket. You can keep it out all the time, or you can put it away after each use and fill it with new things for the next time. For instance, you could use the book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and then place rhythm instruments inside, along with puppets or stuffed animals of the different things they see on the bear hunt.
When you’d like to have music time, you can choose to let your children explore on their own, or go through something together. In a group setting, I think it’s easier if you have a set amount of time, but you can experiment to see what works best for your children/students. Younger children especially love to have time to explore. Older children might enjoy more of a challenge, like rhythm sticks with tricky rhythm patterns to practice. If you are in a classroom setting, like a preschool or daycare, you could set up a music basket as a station during center time.
If you have a music basket/station set up, I’d love to hear any ideas you have!