As a child, I spent lots of time with my grandparents, and one of my favorite activities my sister and I would do with them was go ice skating. After ice skating at the cold ice rink, my grandpa would always make us some hot chocolate to warm us up.
I have so many fond memories of my childhood, and when I was scrolling through the L&L catalog and stumbled upon the two songs featured below, I couldn’t help but reminisce about those moments that I will cherish forever. This post is inspired by my childhood memories of winter activities with my grandparents, and I hope these songs inspire you too!
Some of the goals addressed in these songs:
- Improve sequencing
- Increase verbalization
- Improve object identification
- Improve fine and gross motor skills
- Increase ability to follow clearly stated directions
- Improve creative thinking
“Skating ‘Round The Rink” is a movement song that explores all the ways our bodies move when ice skating. Verses include moving sideways, backwards, leaping, as well as moving slowly and quickly. This song is fun to use as a traditional movement song, but add a stretchy band and my students and clients are able to connect to their peers by feeling their movements, maintain the circle formation, and better visualize the skating rink.
For some clients and students who are able to read, I will also create verbal visuals of the movements, so children have an opportunity to read and identify the words on the visuals. Another fun adaptation that my clients and students love is having children be the leader of the group and choose the movements, leading the group in the movement they’ve chosen.
The song “Hot Chocolate” goes through all of the steps of making a tasty cup of hot chocolate. This is a great way to teach basic life skills as well as food safety, because after all, we don’t want to burn our mouths while drinking our yummy beverage!
I created visuals of each step and encourage my clients and students to put them in the correct order, or verbally recite the order of the steps. Many of my kiddos loved singing along, especially singing the key words “hot chocolate” and blowing on their imaginary cups.
Once my clients and students are familiar with the song, I will challenge them to play different instruments for each verse or challenge them to play the clave rhythm with the rhythm sticks, so that even once they have learned the song and are able to correctly sequence the lyrics, they are still able to reap additional benefits from the same song.
I have such fond memories of winter activities from my childhood, and singing about them in my sessions and classes not only brings me joy, but also brings joy to the children with whom I make music.
By bringing seasonal themes into my sessions, there is always variety in my repertoire, children are learning about the different seasons, and I am able to continue working towards the same goals but in different ways!
Tell me in the comments below: what winter songs are you bringing into your sessions this season?
You can listen to all of these songs in their entirety right here. Lyrics, chords, mp3, and instrumental track for these original songs are available for download. As is the case for all Listen & Learn Music creations, we invite you to adapt this song as needed to best serve your students and/or clients.