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Musically Montessori: Jingle Bells and "Paper Plate Ice Skating"

HOW ABOUT ADDING SOME SEASONAL SPARKLE TO YOUR MONTESSORI MUSIC CIRCLE!  I'll show you how with just two paper plates, four jingle bells and a pipe cleaner. And, as a seasonal gift for you from me, you can download my full "Paper Plate Ice Skating" Lesson Plan, visuals, and extension activities at the Max and Naoli Montessori On-Line Advent Calendar that you will see at the end of this post!


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You can watch this fun activity in action in the following  little video of me and  my little Montessori Music group at Kiran's Montessori School. And, I've had such fun "paper plate ice skating" with the other 700+ Preschoolers throughout my weekly schedule at 30 Montessori schools in the SF Bay Area!



WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
A Jingle Bell Bracelet for each child in your group
Two Paper Plates for each of 4 children at a time to "ice skate" while the others play their bells


  • First, I introduced the jingle bell bracelets to the children and showed them how to play them by shaking them.


  • Then, we all got our own jingle bell bracelet and we played them all together in "our jingle bell orchestra". First, we all practiced some of our rhythm patterns (Ex: "Ti-ti Ta, Ti-ti Ta") and then we sang "Jingle Bells", of course!
  • Singing the Jingle Bell Song was a sweet seasonal activity and we all had fun singing while playing our bells. 
  • Next, I showed the children my collection of paper plates and told them that we weren't going to eat on these plates, but we were going to use them for pretend "ice skates"!
  • Here is where it helps to show the children photos of actual ice skates, and also ice skaters skating around on a rink (You can download photos and a full Lesson Plan for this activity as a special gift that you will see at the end of this article)
  • We had fun pretending to make our circle rug into a pretend "ice skating rink": First, we got out our pretend hoses and "sprayed water" on our rug. Then, we turned on our pretend snow making machines to "freeze the water" and voila! We had our "slippery pretend ice skating rink" all ready for our first skaters.
  • I stepped onto a pair of paper plates to demonstrate to the children how to go ice skating on "paper plate ice skates"
  • Next, I invited 4 children to be the ice skaters in the middle of our circle and they stepped onto their paper plates and took off "ice skating" around while the other children played their bells
  • I like adding to the atmosphere, so I played "The Skater's Waltz" on my iPod to accompany each group of skaters as they glided along the rug...and of course, there were plenty of giggles!
  • After each child had their turn for "paper plate ice skating", we all played our bells along to the song, "Bell Horses" and our "Little Macaroni Pony" song, too. Great fun for all!


IF YOU WANT THE CHILDREN TO MAKE THEIR OWN JINGLE BELL BRACELETS YOU WILL NEED:
Large size jingle bells from the craft store


Pipe cleaners onto which, the children will "thread" the jingle bells 

  • Decide how many bells each child will put on their pipe cleaner. (Usually 4 bells work well)
  • Invite each child to choose a pipe cleaner.
  • Demonstrate how to thread a bell along the pipe cleaner.
  • Proceed to thread the other 3 bells along the pipe cleaner, then twist together the ends of the pipe cleaner. (You might have to help the children with the twisting part!)
  • Have fun playing the bells and singing holiday songs together!

I am so delighted to offer you my special gift that is being featured in the 
Max and Naoli Montessori On-Line Advent Calendar!



HERE'S MY SEASONAL GIFT FOR YOU:

You'll be able to download my full Montessori Lesson Plan, Visuals, "Song of the Week" card, and links to mp3 songs to create your own fun "Paper Plate Ice Skating" Music Circle for this fun time of year!



AND---there is a SPECIAL 50% OFF COUPON for my Musically Montessori eCourse "First Twelve Weeks."

That means you can enroll in my 12 week on-line training for just $62.50 until December 25th!

YAY! I've gotten such a nice response to this special offer that I decided to EXTEND it until midnight Jan. 1st, 2017.

ENTER THIS CODE: WINTER MUSIC  and get 50% off the regular price. HERE IS THAT LINK: "FIRST TWELVE WEEKS"



That is a super deal to jumpstart your Montessori music curriculum with:

  • More than 40 Instructional Videos that demonstrate how to implement a sequential music curriculum that has been very successful with my Montessori groups over the past 20 years
  • Weekly PDF Downloads that include Montessori Lesson Plans, Visuals, Montessori-style Games and Templates for Shelf Works to reinforce the music concept of each Lesson
  • Exclusive mp3 music downloads from my very favorite resource, "Classical Fun Sing-Alongs" that introduce children to a famous composer's work through Movement and Focused Listening Activities
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR SEASONAL GIFT 
AND COUPON!
~25 Days 25 Gifts~
MAX & NAOLI 
ON-LINE MONTESSORI ADVENT CALENDAR


This post is part of the Montessori Monday Link-up at Living Montessori Now, where you'll find gazillions of Montessori resources from educators all over the world!

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