(Open picture game-Karaoke) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use them to spark a conversation with your group. Ask children questions to see what they know about the theme.
Have a microphone in your hands. Sit in a circle with your group. Use the microphone to point to a child and indicate that it is his turn to speak. For additional fun, encourage children to sing what they have to say.
During circle time, invite children to take turns picking a song they know well and humming it. The other children try to recognize it. When they succeed, clap enthusiastically.
The song of the day
Pick a different song each day and present it to your group during circle time. Play the song throughout the day so that children have several opportunities to recognize it and learn the words and melody.
Surprise discussion box
Before children arrive, fill a box with ribbon, string, balloons, party horns, pennants, musical notes, etc. in bright colors. Seal the box with heavy adhesive tape. Using a glitter pen, draw question marks, musical notes, and colorful designs all over the box. Ask an accomplice to deliver the box. Collect your special delivery with your group. Let children manipulate the box and shake it. Encourage them to guess what it contains. Open the box together and use the items to create a special thematic garland. Write “Karaoke” on the pennants.
(Open thematic poster-Karaoke) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
Create a special thematic box containing the following items: microphones, costumes, mirrors, empty makeup containers, musical instruments, eyeglasses, scarves, tape recorders and blank tapes, songbooks, CDs, etc.
(Open stickers-Karaoke) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper to create a variety of homemade stickers.
(Open educa-theme-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Use the different illustrations to decorate a corner of your daycare and present the theme to your group (and their parents).
(Open educa-decorate-Karaoke) Print, laminate, and cut out the various items. Use them to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open educa-theme-Music) Print and laminate. Use the different illustrations to decorate a corner of your daycare and present the theme to your group (and their parents).
(Open garland-Music) Print. Let children decorate the items. Cut them out and use them to form a garland that can be hung within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open model-Musical notes) Print and glue the notes on cardboard. Have children color them and hang them from the ceiling.
(Open pennants-Karaoke) Print and have children decorate the pennants. Hang them within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open models-Karaoke) Print. Let children decorate the items. Cut them out and use them to form a garland that can be hung within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
My karaoke placemat
(Open placemats-Karaoke) Print for each child. Have children color their placemat. When they are done, laminate them. Children can use their placemat to learn how to set the table.
(Open door decorations-Karaoke) Print, laminate, and cut out the items. Use them to decorate your daycare door throughout the theme.
The picture game may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. The pictures may also be used simply to decorate the daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Store the game in a “Ziploc” bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open picture game-Karaoke) Print the series of illustrations twice and use them for a traditional memory game.
Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Karaoke)
(Open educa-spots-Karaoke) Print for each child. Use bingo markers to add color to the different circles. If you don’t have bingo markers, children can add stickers or cereal inside the circles.
Writing activities-K like karaoke
(Open writing activities-K like karaoke) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educa-nuudles-Karaoke) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. If you don’t have Magic Nuudles, simply ask children to fill the spaces with bingo markers or stickers.
To order Magic Nuudles:
Picture clue story-Music
(Open picture clue story-Music) Print. Sit in a circle with your group. Begin reading the story. Every time you reach a picture clue, pause and point to it. Wait for children to guess the missing word that is represented by the picture.
- Wooden blocks.
- Homemade blocks made with empty cardboard boxes and metal cans containing tiny bells or other materials that will produce sounds when children manipulate the blocks.
- Workbench and tools of all kinds.
Arts & crafts:
- Various materials that can be used to create musical instruments and microphones.
- Coloring pages related to the theme.
- Stencils shaped like microphones or musical instruments.
- Sheet music (children can draw on the paper).
- Music class
- Various musical instruments, sheet music, conductor’s baton, songbook, chairs, desks, etc.
- Puppet theatre
- A variety of puppets that children can use to practice different voices (high, low, singing, etc.).
- Memory game using the educatall picture game.
- A variety of real musical instruments.
- Board games.
- Association game involving wind and percussion instruments.
- Books containing pictures of musical instruments, sheet music.
- Headphones and instrumental music on CDs.
- Posters of musical instruments to decorate the walls.
- Association games.
- Maze activities.
- Hunt and seek activities.
- Various activity sheets related to the theme.
- Games with educatall word flashcards.
- Encourage children to dance and sing as you film them.
- Create an obstacle course involving musical instruments that children must play at the end of each stage.
- Fill a small bin with different sizes of bells that will produce a wide range of sounds when manipulated.
- Fill a bin with small containers (camera film or pill bottles) containing different materials that produce sounds.
The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with the group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins.(Open word flashcards-Karaoke) (Open giant word flashcards-Karaoke) karaoke, microphone, to sing, neon sign, music, song, party, speaker, disco ball, stage, screen, karaoke machine
(Open word flashcards-Karaoke) (Open giant word flashcards-Karaoke) Print and laminate the word flashcards. Have each child pick a flashcard and take turns presenting the item to the group. Discuss each item to see what children know about the theme.
(Open educa-chatterbox-Karaoke) Print and laminate the cards. To create your chatterbox, you will need an empty shoebox or a small bin that you can decorate as you see fit. Fill it with tiny objects, illustrations, pictures, and accessories related to your theme. To help you, we have created a series of cards that you may use. During circle time or, for example, when children are waiting for their lunch, have them take turns picking a card or object out of your chatterbox and naming the corresponding item.
Story and memory game-Karaoke
(Open story and memory game-Karaoke) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Arrange them face down on the floor or on a table. Children take turns picking three cards and using the illustrations to invent a story.
Trick: To solidify the cards, glue each one on the top of a frozen juice can.
(Open word flashcards-Karaoke) (Open giant word flashcards-Karaoke) Print several word flashcards. Glue them on pieces of paper, laminate them, and arrange them in a binder. Show children how they can trace the words using dry-erase markers. If you wish, leave room under each word so children can try to write the words without tracing the letters.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Karaoke
(Open transition games-Karaoke) Print each illustration twice. Use adhesive paper to secure one copy of each illustration on the table. Deposit the second copy of each illustration in an opaque bag and invite children to pick a card that will determine their spot at the table (corresponding illustration). The illustrations can also be used to determine children’s naptime spots or their place in the task train.
Hunt for karaoke singers
(Open transition games-Karaoke) Print, laminate, and arrange the illustrations on the floor to create a path that leads to various areas within your daycare. The path can lead to areas that are frequently visited by the children in your group each day, such as the bathroom and the cloakroom. If you prefer, the illustrations can be used to delimit certain areas.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Modeling dough activity placemats-Karaoke
(Open modeling dough activity placemats-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Let children pick a placemat and provide modeling dough. Encourage them to use the dough to fill or reproduce the shapes that are on their placemat.
(Open educ-clothespins-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Children must find and identify the correct picture using a clothespin.
Inflate several balloons in which you have previously inserted a battery-operated tealight. Turn the lights off and let children have fun tossing the balloons in the air. Fun variation: Use glowsticks instead of tealights.
Lit karaoke path
Close your curtains or shades and turn off the lights. Create an obstacle course that children must complete, collecting glowsticks as they move along. At the end of the course, children can connect the glowsticks to create a large circle of light. Use bracelet glowsticks for this activity.
(Open string activities-Karaoke) Print for each child. Children trace the outlines with white glue before covering them with colourful string.
Invite children to dance around to the sound of fast-paced music. When the music stops, children must remain perfectly still, like statues. If a child moves, he/she must sit down until the end of the round.
I have an angelic voice
Record each child in your group saying, “I have an angelic voice.” Listen to the recordings to see if children can recognize who each voice belongs to. Variation: Repeat this activity, but instead, have children say, “I have a monstrous voice.”
Give each child a scarf. Alternate between playing fast-paced and soft music. Invite children to move their scarf to the sound of the music. For example, they can toss their scarf, spin around with it, etc. You could also have children trade scarves every time the music changes.
For this activity, you will need 6 to 8 glass jars. Leave one jar empty and fill the other jars with different levels of water. The last jar should be full. Add food coloring to the water to make the levels easier to see. Let children discover the sounds they can create by tapping the jars with wooden or metal spoons. Align the jars in order, from the one containing the least water to the one containing the most, from the most piercing sound to the deepest. Variation: You could also add a variety of objects, such as metal cans, a cardboard box, and plastic containers. This will make it possible for children to explore different types of sounds.
Musical hide and seek
Encourage each child to pick an object that produces a sound. All the children hide, except one who must follow the sounds to find his peers. This is a great outdoor activity.
The paused song
Start singing a song and point to a child. The child must continue singing or humming the song.
Draw footprints on construction paper and cut them out. (Open model-footprints) Laminate them and glue them on the floor. To the sound of music, children dance around the daycare, stepping only on the footprints.
(Educa-symmetry-Karaoke) Print. Children must color the picture on the bottom to make it look exactly like the picture on the top.
(Open educa-dots-Karaoke) Print for each child. Give each child a tiny bowl filled with poster paint and a cotton swab. They must dip their cotton swab in the paint and then on each dot to color the letters or items. Let dry and display. Use their work to name the letters or items with your group.
(Open counting cards-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Prepare a series of wooden clothespins on which you have written or painted numbers 1-9. Children must count the items on each card and place the corresponding clothespin on the correct number.
Color by number-Karaoke
(Open color by number-Karaoke) Print for each child. Have children color the picture per the color code.
Snakes & ladders-Karaoke
(Open snakes & ladders-Karaoke) Print and laminate. Children use a die and small figurines to represent playing pieces.
Homemade wooden puzzles
Print several pictures representing karaoke. Color them if necessary. Arrange several Popsicle sticks in a row on a table and glue a picture on top of them. Cut along each stick. Repeat these steps for each picture. Hand children a set of Popsicle sticks and invite them to place them in the correct order to complete the picture.
MORAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
(Open photo booth-Karaoke) Print the accessories. Cut them out and stick a colored drinking straw behind each one. At your local dollar store, purchase additional accessories such as hats, headbands, scarves, glasses, etc. to complete your photo booth. Set up a special corner by hanging a piece of fabric, a large cardboard background, or a special décor. Let children choose the accessories they prefer and photograph them. Invite parents to have fun with your photo booth too. Print and display the pictures. They will represent great souvenirs!
(Open mandalas-Karaoke) Print for each child. Have children color the mandalas to provide them with a calm moment during the day.
A collective microphone
Trace the outline of a giant microphone on a large banner and display it on a wall. Provide materials children can use to decorate it. Encourage them to work together.
My favorite song
Listen to a wide range of songs with the children in your group. After a while, children take turns singing the song they preferred. Encourage them to explain their choice.
At home, I hear…
Ask parents which type of music they listen to at home and try to play music from their favorite artists to see if children will recognize the songs.
Invite family members to come teach your group a few dance moves. There are surely a few experienced dancers among children’s parents or grandparents.
Practice singing a few songs with your group and present a short show at a local nursing home.
My song box
Set small illustrations representing songs that you want to sing with your group in a special box that you have decorated (or have invited children to decorate). Children can take turns picking an illustration to determine which song you will sing.
Invite a child to conduct an imaginary orchestra! With his baton, he can encourage children to play an imaginary instrument faster, louder, quieter, etc. Select different gestures representing different intensities ahead of time.
My naptime music
Throughout the theme, play different types of music during the relaxation period leading up to naptime to provide children with the opportunity to discover various music styles and tones.
Use a recorder and a microphone. Encourage children to take turns speaking or singing. Once you have recorded each child, listen to the recordings and ask children if they recognize their voice.
(Open perpetual calendar-Special Day-Karaoke) For this occasion, have children bring a CD or a musical instrument to daycare. Use the instruments to represent a marching band when you go for a walk in your neighborhood. Provide ribbons, scarves, and other accessories that can add to the fun.
Give each child a different musical instrument and encourage them to begin playing successively (a canon). Invite children to make their own musical instruments. Play musical chairs, musical ball, musical scarf, musical drawing, etc. Integrate music in everything you do during the day. Highlight music during this special day, but also throughout the theme. For example, you could play African music on Monday, classical music on Tuesday, flamenco music on Wednesday, country music on Thursday, and pop music on Friday.
Sing any instructions you give your group instead of simply speaking.
Lunch and snacks
Eat to the sound of music or select food items that produce unique sounds when you eat them. Encourage children to pay attention to the “music” in their mouth.
Souvenir photo-Thematic day-Karaoke
(Open picture frame-Special Day-Karaoke) Print and use the frame to display pictures of your special day in your daycare or to send a souvenir home with each child.
Musical karaoke hat
Set a hat in the center of the table along with a variety of arts & crafts materials (yarn pieces, buttons, fabric, felt, etc.). Let children decorate the hat as they wish. When they are done, use it for a musical hat game.
Sit in a circle with your group. To the sound of music, have them pass a microphone around. When the music stops, the child holding the microphone is eliminated. The music starts up again and the game continues.
Begin singing a song and pause to point to a child. The child must continue the song. If he succeeds, reward him with play money.
Use a drum and associate different ways of marching to different rhythms. For example, if you tap the drum once, children must walk normally. If you tap it twice, they must walk slowly. When you tap it three times, they must run. Have fun using these drum rhythms during transitions.
Maracas, tambourines, and xylophones are fun for children to manipulate. Fill a bin with these instruments and let children play with the contents of the bin from time to time during the theme.
Use soft drink bottles to make music. Show children how they can hold the bottles up to their mouth and blow into them. You can fill them with different levels of water to produce different sounds.
Fill 8 glasses with water, but at different levels. Have children tap the glasses with a wooden spoon. Encourage them to listen and notice how the sounds are different
Present a variety of musical instruments to your group. Blindfold one child at a time and play an instrument. The blindfolded child must try to identify the instrument.
I can whistle
Show children how they can press their lips together to whistle. Invite them to practice several times during the theme.
Tapping on my drum
For this activity, use a real drum (or a toy drum). Use different types of drumsticks to tap your drum: real drumsticks, metal spoons, wooden spoons, chopsticks, pipe cleaners, etc.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open models-Karaoke) Print and let children decorate the microphones. Cut them out and hang them within your daycare or close to your daycare entrance.
(Open puppets-Karaoke) Print for each child. Have children color them and cut them out (depending on their age). When they are done, they can decorate their puppet with a variety of arts & crafts materials and glue a Popsicle stick behind it.
My karaoke hat
(Open educa-decorate-Karaoke) Print and cut out. Glue the shapes on a construction paper headband or hat.
Purchases fluorescent paint in a few colors and let children use them to create a masterpiece. Hang their artwork and use a blacklight to make the colors pop.
Help children wrap an empty toilet paper roll with aluminum paper. Help them apply white glue all over a Styrofoam ball and roll it in glitter. Glue each child’s ball to one end of his toilet paper roll.
I can make musical instruments
Give each child an empty shoebox. Cut a circle out of the center of the lid (8 cm diameter). Have them put the lid back on the box and slide 6 rubber bands (different sizes) over the hole. Show children how they can pinch the elastics to create guitar-like sounds.
Close off one end of an empty paper towel roll using a piece of cardboard and adhesive tape. Fill the roll halfway with rice. Have children hold their cardboard tube while you close off the other end. Children can draw on the cardboard tube to decorate it. They will enjoy shaking their maracas to produce a variety of rhythms.
Divide your group into two teams. Have each team sit at a table and set a single sheet of paper on both tables along with a single crayon. Play music. One child draws until the music stops. He then hands the crayon and paper to the next child and so on. The game continues until all the children have had a chance to draw at least once and the papers are fully covered with drawings. Use this activity to introduce your group to different types of music.
Use empty coffee cans, ice cream tubs, or metal containers with plastic lids to create drums. Let children decorate them as they wish using different types of paper, glue, paint, markers, etc.
You will need two heavy paper plates per child. Have children fill one plate with tiny pebbles found outside (or aquarium pebbles). Next, have them set their second plate over the first and staple the contour. Let children decorate their tambourine as they see fit.
COLORING PAGES THEME
(Open coloring pages theme-Karaoke) Print for each child.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE THE COLORING PAGES
Identical coloring pages-Karoake
Print the same coloring page for each child and an additional copy for your model. Color only certain parts of your picture. Present the model to your group and ask them to color their picture to make it look exactly like yours.
Print and laminate several coloring pages and arrange them in a binder with a few dry-erase markers. Leave everything on a table for children to explore.
Play musical drawing with your group. Give each child a coloring page. Have children sit around a table. When the music starts, they must pass the coloring pages around the table. Every time the music stops, they must color the picture in front of them until the music starts again.
Give each child a picture to color. When they are done, cut each picture into pieces to create unique puzzles.
SONGS AND RHYMES
(Open songs & rhymes-Karaoke) Print.
By: Patricia Morrison Sung to: Old MacDonald had a farm
Oh I how I do love to sing
I hear the music, see the words
And that is karaoke
With a la, la here
And a la, la there
Here a la, there a la
Everywhere a la, la
Oh how I do love to sing
The educatall team