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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

Set sail with these inspirational ideas for moving around at sea

Ahoy there

1 Stormy waters

Move around like boats in a storm

Creative Development

Creating Music and Dance

Development matters: imitate and create movement in response to music (30-50 months); begin to move rhythmically (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: recognise and explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match movements to music.

What you need

Group size: whole group.

Range of percussion instruments such as triangles, shakers, tambourines, drums and cymbals; large space.

What to do

Ask the children to sit in a circle and place the box of percussion instruments in the centre. Invite one or two children at a time to select an instrument and ask them to make a sound with it that reminds them of a storm.

Let the children practise building up a storm using the instruments, from quiet, gentle sounds to swishing and noisy wind, crashing thunder and so on.

In a large space, ask the children to pretend that they are little boats bobbing along happily on the sea. Tell them that a storm is coming and that the waves are going to get bigger. Encourage them to twirl and twist, and pretend that the waves are crashing around them.

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  1. Lizzieloola
    on 2 May 2011

    Transport -ahoy there

    Thanks, just when you need some inspiration along comes a lovely set of ideas to get your brain working again. Thank you