I Love Books!
And I especially love it when books come alive with Music, Movement & Make-Believe.
When a book has a Steady Beat or a Repeating Rhythmical Text it is perfect for adding some BEAT.
Add BEAT along with the steady beat or repeating rhythm of the text with:
Simple Motions (Tap, Pat, Clap, Snap etc. )
Stuffed Animals (Bounce on the Hand, Knee, Floor, etc. )
Funny Props ( Use a prop from the topic of the book…Toothbrushes, Dog Bones, Plastic Dinosaurs for an interesting beat.)
For songs that have a repeating phrase like “Rat-a-tat-tat and Thump, Thump, Thump” or “Millions of Cats, Billions of Cats…etc.” you can add something different for each phrase with :
Rhythm Instruments ( Wrist Bells, Maracas, Tambourines, etc.)
Simple Motions (Wiggle, Stomp, Twist, etc.)
Movement Props (Bean Bags, Scarves, Ribbons, etc.)
Books can be a central part of ANY music program.
So get your BOOKS snapping, jumping, wiggling, and rattling !