Sunday, May 18, 2014

5 Ways to Learn About Music Using Sidewalk Chalk

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At our house, summer means we go through a lot of sidewalk chalk.  J easily spends hours upon hours freely drawing, writing, and coloring with sidewalk chalk.  However, sometimes I like to set up some quick learning activities using chalk, ranging from rocket hopscotch to coloring a rainbow to fun music activities.  

We've done a couple of music activities with chalk in the past (with many more ideas floating around in my head!), but I also found a couple of other neat music theory ideas using chalk.  You can click either the images or the titles below to read more about the activities.

1. Xylophone Hopscotch


Introduce young toddlers to instruments while teaching them how to spell their name!  This xylophone hopscotch is inspired by the shape of the instrument and can be used to show toddlers how the bars on the xylophone get shorter as you move from one end to the other.

Xylophone hopscotch - 5 ways for kids to learn about music using sidewalk chalk from And Next Comes L

2. Outdoor Spell-A-Keyboard Game from Color in my Piano


Here's a great way to work on piano key identification with beginner piano students.  Draw a giant keyboard using chalk then toss bean bags onto the keys to spell some words.

Spell a keyboard game - 5 ways for kids to learn about music using sidewalk chalk from And Next Comes L

3. Water Balloon Keyboard Toss from Color in my Piano


This game involves a giant chalk keyboard to work on piano key identification.  Find out how to play the game using multiple kids!

Water balloon keyboard toss - 5 ways for kids to learn about music using sidewalk chalk from And Next Comes L

4. Giant Chalk Keyboard


This chalk keyboard is a great way to learn about the musical alphabet, chords, and intervals.

Giant chalk keyboard - 5 ways for kids to learn about music using sidewalk chalk from And Next Comes L

5. Musical Sidewalk from Life with Moore Babies


I love this music activity so much.  It's great for discussing note values, time signatures, and rhythm.

Musical sidewalk play - 5 ways for kids to learn about music using sidewalk chalk from And Next Comes L

Looking for more music activities?  Check out all of our music activities here or follow my Music Activities board on Pinterest for even more great ideas!

5 ways for kids to learn about music using chalk from And Next Comes L
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