Welcome to my little corner of the musical web. Here you will find child development appropriate and FUN music activities that you can use with your classroom or children. My friend Mindi and I volunteer one day a week to teach music to the kids at school since they don't have access to a music teacher. It is rewarding and fun, and it is here that I will be posting about what we do, what works, what doesn't, and other music teaching ideas. We are not trained musicians. We are moms who can sing a little, play the piano a little, but mostly we just love music as a hobby and see the benefits of giving children a musical education.


Down, Down Baby (Hand Clapping Games)

Our goal in music this Spring is to make our Spring Concert full of rhythm and fun. Christmas should be about the singing and the beautiful music, but Spring is a chance for some fun songs and "other" things.

We love doing hand clapping games. We've taught "Three Sailors" and "Miss Suzy Had a Turtle" with two very basic hand clapping patterns. We found "this version of "Down, Down Baby" to be easy enough for kindergarten age to have fun with, and we used it all the way up to 5th grade age.

To introduce our students to rhythm, we like using hand clapping games. They are developmentally appropriate. They rhyme. Most kids really like them!

Here is one we started out with that was easy to learn and easy to teach. It can be done with a minimum of two people, with no maximum limit. It was a hit.

Please visit http://funclapping.com/ for the words and more fun hand clapping games.