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Music Therapy Activities for the Holidays

Hey, everyone. Welcome back to The Rhythm Tree. Happy Holidays, we’re almost there. I wanted to share with you a couple of holiday songs today that use some instruments and can be really fun to do with children with special needs whether you are a parent, educator or therapist.

Let’s start with some rhythm sticks. I particularly love these because they have ridges on one so you get this cool sound. ‘Tapping, Tapping Little Elf’ to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’ “Tapping, tapping little elf as you work up on the shelf. Working hard to build some toys for lots of girls and lots of boys. Tapping, tapping little elf as you work up on the shelf.” Then you can do, “Hammerin’, hammerin’ little elf…” and “Sawing, sawing little elf…” and “Drumming, drumming little elf…” You can tap each other’s sticks, too. All sorts of fun stuff you can do. Crazy bilateral coordination going on here – lots of nice gross motor skills. So, you can adapt these too to work on specific OT or PT goals whether it be crossing a midline or working shoulder stability and strength by tapping up in the sky.

Now it’s time for a jingle bell chant. This is fun and you really don’t have to sing this one. It’s great because it’s really fun, humorous and dramatic and you can really have a good time with that. You know how much I love that. So, here we go. “I heard a little jingle right inside my house. It sounded like the jingle of a little jingle mouse. He jingled to the celling, he jingled to the floor, he jingled until he fell asleep and he began to snore.” Then you can have your child play some tambourines or some bells or say something to wake you up – do this big, silly, dramatic thing. Then, there’s part two… ”I heard a great, big jingle right outside my door. It sounded like the jingle of a jingle dinosaur. He jingled to the celling, he jingled to the floor, he jingled until he fell asleep and he began to snore.” Again, you can have your child say something or play an instrument or do something to wake you up and of course – whoa! A big, dramatic wake up. The adaptive part of it is built right in with the Velcro so you can put it on a child’s wrist or you can put it on a child’s ankle and they can play it even if they might not have the ability to hang on to it.

I hope you have fun with these two little holiday songs and I’ll see you next week at TheRhythmTree.com.

Thanks, everyone.

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