large cleared area such as playground, gymnasium, or center of room
pictures of large and small animals
recordings of music that suggest large or small animals and
fast or slow movement, such as “Carnival of the Animals,” “Peer Gynt Suite,” “On the Trail” from the
“Grand Canyon Suite,” portions of the “Nutcracker Suite,” “Peter and the Wolf,” and so on
Instructions:* Record portions of the suggested music (and any others you like) so that each
selection is no longer than three minutes in length.
What to Do
1. Display pictures of different animals and choose certain children to
demonstrate how they think particular animals might move.
2. Have the children think about how an animal might move if it were sleepy or
3. Put on some sample music, and encourage the children to think about what
kind of animal the music reminds them of. Encourage the children to act out
4. Remind the children to listen to the different portions of music and pretend to
be suitable animals that fit the music.
5. Wind things down for them by playing slower and softer music so they
become slower animals or slower moving animals.
Consider the following:
* Can the children perform appropriate movements to fast or slow music?
* Can the children continue to pretend to be animals during dramatic play?