"Over In the Meadow" activities May 07 2015

Over in the Meadow is a fun children's song found on the Music Mania CD by Stephanie Burton. Activities for this and other great children's songs can be found in the accompanying book Music Mania. 

Here is a sample of some activities from the chapter on "Over in the Meadow" :

Large Group Time Activities:

In the Meadow: Ask the children if anyone knows what a meadow is. If not, explain that it is like a field of grasses that may have trees or water nearby. Has anyone been to a meadow? What type of animals might you find in a meadow? 

Make Up New Verses:Make up new verses for animals that might live in a meadow such as:

Over in the meadow in a hole in the tree

Lived and old mother squirrel and her little squirrels three.

“Gather,” said the mother, “We gather said the three,”

So they gathered lots of nuts by the hole in the tree. 

Make Up Motions: Have the children help to make up motions for the animals in the song.

Act It Out: Choose groups of children to pretend to be the animals in the song and act out the part that is being sung. It is even more fun if you can make headbands or costumes to represent each type of animal.

Number Representation: Create cut outs of the animals and numerals to go with each verse. As you sing each verse put up the correct numeral and have a child match up the correct number of animals to go with it.

FOR MORE GREAT IDEAS, ORDER MUSIC MANIA BOOK AND CD  (on sale through May 15)