Apple Pie Music and Movement With Connect-a-Stretchy Band
Our new product the connect-a-stretchy band was released just two weeks ago and we have had a great response! The versatility it has brought in purchasing the combination of sizes you need has been received with excitement. No more trying to tie a stretchy band, or hold half of it in your lap as you lead a music and movement activity.
Apple Themed Music and Movement Ideas
“I am a physical therapist in a public school system and conduct a lot of group activities. Just received my connect-a-band and put it use making “apple pies” with the kids! From picking the apples (arms above head shaking them off the tree) to stirring the batter (arms moving in clockwise and counterclockwise circles) to putting the pies in the oven (rowing motion) to passing them around for everyone to share (hands passing the band around clockwise and counterclockwise), the kids all had a blast!
Thanks for a great, well-made product!”
I will tell you after doing this activity you'll be hungry for apple pie! My kids and I saw Paula Deen making a Mile High Apple Pie and thought we'd have fun making it when Grandpa and Grandma came to visit.
Wow love that idea. Here is another one:
“Bear up in the apple tree, Bear down on the ground (Up-down motion),
Bear up in the apple tree (Up), shake them/those apples down (shake downward together)”
You can vary voice tone (slide up getting louder and slide down getting quieter) teaching music dynamics, use color cues for the direction (color groups go up and down together on one line, change to another group on the next line, everyone shake together)and visuals for loud (f) and soft (p) if goals indicate.
The kids and adults I’ve used this with loved it and got creative as we changed the things in the tree….pear, plum, peach, acorns, soccer balls and even pumpkins (heavy lifting). It helped to have the stretch band to gather us all in to a group social circle and dynamic, while all this sub-cortical concept/science learning and range of motion were going on. It was easy to include students in wheelchairs, as well as ambulant and some with upper extremity contractures.
I will gladly trade this idea and song with your PT friend, if she’s willing to pass on that delightful looking pie recipe.
Jan Ackley Malecha
Music Therapist-Board Certified
Neurologic Music Therapist