Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Percussion instruments for all participants
- "Animal ears" headbands or another simple costume prop for a donkey, a cat, a rooster and a dog
Preparation for Activity
- Gather drums, shakers, rattles and other percussion instruments.
- Make or obtain "animal ears" or other props such as a flowery hat for the donkey, a dog bone for the dog, etc.
Description of Activity
Tell the children:
Now that you have heard the story, can some of you pretend to be the musicians?
Invite the first few volunteers to play the roles of Donkey, Dog, Cat, and Rooster. Give them the props you have brought, and have them choose a percussion instrument. Then say:
Now we're going to see what happened after the robbers went away. The Brementown Musicians were very happy making music in their cabin. Animals all around heard about this place and sometimes a new animal came along who wanted to join them.
Invite the children who want to take part in music-making to say what kind of animal they want to be and what instrument they want to play. Make sure they know they can simply use their voice and make their animal's sound. Once all the children who want to have joined, invite the "musicians" to prepare a concert tune. You might suggest "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or another song they all know. Allow the children to make music as they wish.