The music curriculum that I am using this year incorporates a wonderful game that teaches Kindergarten students how to:
I introduced this game with just two colors and have added one color each time we play. When students become pros at each movement, we will play with seven colors at one time! Students are so excited to add a color each week and they are always curious to what new movement we will add next. This is a very easy game that you can play with your child/ren at home! Keep scrolling to find out how to play and for some easy DIY for making your own version of the Color Game at home.
The Colors, Movements, and How to Play:
Red - STOP
Green - WALK
Yellow - JOG
Blue - TIPTOE
Purple - JUMP*
Pink - HOP**
Brown - GALLOP
*Jump on 2 feet
**Hop on 1 foot
The game is simple: one person is the conductor and the rest of the crew follows the conductor's directions. The conductor is equipped with 7 color cards (see DIY below). Students do the movement associated with whichever color card the conductor is holding up (see above). For example, if the conductor is holding up blue, students tiptoe, if the conductor switches to red, the students stop and freeze their body. Student have to pay extra good attention because the conductor does say when they are switching colors!! This is a wonderful game to practice focus, gross-motor skills, and self-control! As the parent, you can start out as the conductor first! But after a few turns, give your child the option to be the conductor and you do the movements. Your child will love being in charge. And you get a free cardio sesh. Everyone wins.
DIY: Color Cards
Below is a picture of the cards I use for the Color Game that were included in the music curriculum classroom visuals kit. Making your own is as simple as finding some loose construction paper in your house. Other options would be to find some colored card stock from Target, Michael's, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc and to cut squares from those to create a sturdier option.
Want to get REALLY fancy and go the EXTRA mile?? You will need:
The word is your oyster. Be as crafty as you'd like to be with this. You can even make this into a fun craft for your child as well and skip the technology. The point is to have fun and connect with your child doing something that they've learned in school.
Comment below if you have tried this at home! I'd love to hear all about it.