The next part of incorporating music and movement is the activities you can use in the preschool setting:
Latin Music and Maracas
Materials: You will need; a Latin Music CD to play for them, construction paper, scissors, stickers, markers, glue, dry rice, dry beans, and empty sixteen ounce water bottles or smaller. Note: It is better to get the eight ounce water bottles with long necks.
Instructions: Allow the children to decorate their paper in their own originality. You must cut the drawing paper so that it will wrap only once around the bottle. Glue their drawing to the bottle. Fill the bottles with a handful of dry beans and rice. Place a small amount of glue around the mouth of the bottle before replacing the cap, so that it will stick. Help the children color the uncovered part of the bottle and the lid with markers.
Movement and Music: Instruct the children on the proper way to shake their maracas while the music is playing. Allow the children to dance around as they enjoy the music.
Materials: The children will need to bring an empty oatmeal box to school. You will need construction paper, markers, stickers, glue, and medium size colorful rubber bands.
Instructions: Help the children cover the sides of the oatmeal box with plain construction paper. Cut a smaller piece of construction paper for the top and allow them to decorate it. Glue the oatmeal box closed. Place their drawing over on the end of the box and secure it with glue. Fold the creases all around the box and glue them down. Put one or two colorful rubber bands over the drawing and secure with some glue, allow to dry.
Music and Lyrics: Teach the children to beat on their Tom Toms. They need to hit like this; beat, beat, (long taps) beat, beat, beat (short taps). You can sing these easy lyrics while they beat their Tom Toms and have some ad lib time with them after.
I am sure this lesson will be fun for both you and your preschoolers and the tunes they make will be music to all who hear.