Outdoor Music Class Kit

 The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the grass is green. Who can’t help but to run out side and dance around in the fresh air? As the school year end looms closer I always remembered taking my classes outside to do activities. Not only did they want to be out there, but I did too. Staying inside the classroom with the sun shining was never my idea of fun. 

So what is up for this week? I decided to do a follow up to my popular post: The Essential Centers Kit and start building a bucket you could grab at a moments notice to have class outside!

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Dog not included in the kit! (I got puppy photobombed)

11210293_10100331733595457_525321402_n A ball is always a great choice for a kit. From passing around during a circle game to playing a quick review question activity.

11258616_10100331733670307_763634784_nBecause, who doesn’t need a musical book for outdoor story time?

11256407_10100331733665317_1699743257_nThese stones are perfect for some pavement target practice or even a way to keep track of who has not had a turn yet in a game.

11210288_10100331733660327_1159355553_nSidewalk musical compositions anyone? Chalk rocks!

11259031_10100331733650347_1866173371_n   Cut some pieces to set game boundaries or start/finish lines.

11245299_10100331733645357_1291690507_n  You always need a bucket to keep everything in! But hey, why not use it in the sand box? Or maybe as target practice? Throw the ball in, if you miss you get to answer a review question. If you get it in you get to pick a song for the whole group to sing!

11121591_10100331733635377_721623593_n  The PE teacher I use to work with used cut up pool noodles as a way for students to tag each other without smacking into each other. These are perfect for some instrument  or music trivia freeze tag!

11251707_10100331733630387_1239796880_n Ukelele travel sized and fantastic instrument to take outside with you to practice songs they have been learning throughout the year in the nice green grass and sunshine.

11253803_10100331733625397_810043865_n Bandanas are so versatile, there are many ways to use them outdoors! I always keep one handy.

11253798_10100331733600447_1905909129_n    I used the twine to create markers representing different notes and rests,students had to aim in order to build measures with designated meter. Say if they were building a measure in 4/4, they would need to get notes that would only fit the measures.

11251579_10100331733620407_1714595342_nSometimes, sun glasses were not enough to keep the sun out of my eyes. Also, if there was a larger group out I had on a brightly colored cap so my students could find me when it was time to go inside!

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What would you add to this kit?

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