You don’t have to purchase any fancy equipment to teach your children about music. With a little sidewalk chalk and some imagination you can reinforce musical concepts with your little ones while enjoying the summer weather.
Giant Chalk Keyboard
We love this activity from And Next Comes L, a music-focused parenting blog. Start by drawing a giant keyboard on your sidewalk or driveway. From there, you’ll find dozens of ways to play and explore.
There are so many fun ways to play! Here are a few suggestions:
Musical hopscotch gives kids a chance to release some energy while reinforcing musical concepts like rhythm or pitch. Outline a hopscotch board on the ground with different note values in each box. Use a metronome or clap your hands to set the tempo and have your child hop along the course following the rhythm.
Charts like these can help get you started. These were designed as “finger hopscotch” boards but can be easily adapted for outdoor play.
For children who are a bit more musically advanced, consider creating a similar hopscotch board all about solfege. “Solfege is a music education method used to teach aural skills, pitch, and sight-reading. Syllables are assigned to the notes of the scale and enable the musician to mentally hear the pitches of a piece of music and then to sing them aloud.”
Watch as this little girl explains how it’s done. Again, this game was developed for a tabletop but can easily be translated into sidewalk chalk.
Have you tried any of the activities listed here? We would love to hear about your experience. Let us know what your children enjoyed in the comments below.
As always, you can find more information about these and other outdoor music activities on our Pinterest page. Happy chalking!