Monday, July 16, 2012

Noodle Mania!

Today was the first day of Music Olympics camp and much of what we did included pool noodles! 

We twisted them, used half of them, climbed on them and shot nerf darts through them...all in the name of learniing music!

One of the favorite activities of the day was the "Nerf 'n Noodle" game we played. This game was inspired by something I saw on the Family Fun site and adapted to work for note identification and for rhythm.

Here's a look at what I put together and how I adapted it:

7 Rings - 7 letters of the alphabet...on the other side we used notes and rests so it served a double purpose!  We played two games using our magnetic staff board, note magnets and a couple of nerf dart guns.  Since I had quite a few younger kids that had minimal or no music experience, we worked only with the treble clef learning our space and line notes.

We always do our Noodle race with some alphabet flags to review the letters of the musical alphabet.   This game is more fun for the leaders than it is for the kids...hilarious to watch!

I also cut several noodles in half and used them along with balloons for a fun activity designed to teach and reinforce musical terms.

I guess I was really in the "noodle" mood today because I also made them for dinner!  If you're running a camp or a group lesson this summer, try adding a few of these!  The kids really love them!


Alissa said...

You have such great ideas! I've done music olympics with my classes before, but never a camp. It seems scary...would you be willing to go into further detail on these games? I would LOVE to hear more!

Anonymous said...

I am interested to know exactly what you did with the noodles and balloons? How did that game work?

Sheryl said...

You can do just about anything! I don't remember if I drilled note ID or terms, but students had to use the noodles to bat the balloon down to an area where cards were on the ground. I think they were terminology cards. They were given a term to find - such as fermata - they batted the balloon down to the area, found the fermata symbol card, grabbed it and either ran back or batted the balloon back. You can adapt it so easily. The balloons just add some fun to the learning process!