Make Your Own Stick Station!
Here are some ideas that we brainstormed for each component:
Crash Can--class set made of #10 metal food can covered in duct tape with a foam circle on the bottom.
Suggestions: plastic boxes (Rubbermaid), pots (with permission), shoebox, can, real drum
Suggestions: Jingle bells, homemade shaker (empty water bottle with beads/rice), maraca, metal object, baby toy with jingles, or order a mini tambourine from Amazon.
Suggestions: Pencils, wooden sticks, crochet hooks or knitting needles, wooden spoons, or real drumsticks.
Beat Board--class set uses a small, plastic cutting board from the Dollar Tree
Suggestions: plastic or wooden cutting board, an old book, piece of heavy plastic, a cookie sheet, heavy cardboard.
Using the Stick Stations
There are lots of fun ways to use the Stick Stations. Such as:
- Create patterns using long and short sounds and rests.
- Play a pattern and experiment with different items in the Stick Station.
- Experiment with musical opposites
- Can you play loud? Can you play soft? Can you play high sounds? Can you play low sounds? How about fast and slow?
- Turn on a favorite song and play the steady beat on different stations!
Here are some great musical selections to play the steady beat to! (Note, the links are to Youtube videos).
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
The Can Can by J. Offenbach
Washington Post March by J.P. Sousa
William Tell Overture by Rossini
Sing, Sing, Sing featuring Benny Goodman
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