Looking for kid-tested, retired teacher, grandma approved movement activities for children? At the very end of the 28 INSTANT Songames: Fun-Filled Activities for Kids 3-8 by Barbara Sher, MS, OTR, we hear:”Come back and play with us soon!” YES! Most listeners will do just that! I am certain that all young children, their parents, educators, and therapists will often want to include these engaging, musical games in their daily routines.
28 INSTANT Songames: Fun-Filled Activities for Kids 3-8 by Barbara, also known as the “Games Lady”, includes a CD and a 48-page booklet. This delightful, inclusion friendly, non-competitive teaching tool is timeless and only limited by the imagination of the users .
The Songames are interactive and are for typically developing children and those with special needs. The music and activities suggested lend themselves to home, school, or clinic use.
Fun can be educational and as the children dance, move, sing, talk and perform the activities suggested in the accompany booklet, they are developing their fine-and-gross motor, muscle strength, sensory, listening, language and memory skills. This is a very easy resource to use with practical strategies/games to learn about their bodies, their feelings, their preferences, their dreams, their talents and about each other.
Each selection is sung in a clear, soothing voice that usually becomes slower and softer at the end to create a calm mood so the children can settle down to transition to another type of lesson. No equipment/material is needed just your imagination. The tunes are simple. The words are easy to learn and sing. The sessions can be held right in the classroom or your living room. All kids can feel good about participating as all answers or responses are correct. Best of all, the activities can be adapted to all abilities framing the participants for success.
The booklet offers variations in the fun activities for each track so this CD can be used over and over again and always be different as there is a ‘musical space’ between many of the verses to allow the children to say a few words which will most likely be different each time.
By using silliness, humor and exaggerations the kids are motivated to participate and in turn this gives a boost to their self-image,self-expression, as well as imagination. The kids starting their day at school should look forward for the moment their teacher reaches for the 28 INSTANT Songames: Fun-Filled Activities for Kids 3-8.
Congratulions to all involved in producing 28 INSTANT Songames: Fun-Filled Activities for Kids 3-8
- Winner of the 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP Award
- Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products
Meet the author:
From her site I learned that Barbara Sher MA, OTR, is a mother, grandmother, pediatric occupational therapist and workshop leader. Barbara’s books, CDs and workshops are invaluable resources to help your child reach his or her full potential. She has an extensive background in child development.
Barbara is the author of nine books and one CD/tape on activities for children. Her books have been translated into 8 languages so far (Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Estonian, Arabic, Russian and Swedish).
She gives workshops on the Power of Play and on making learning toys out of recyclables in both national and international locations.
You might already know some of her books:
- Smart Play: 101 Fun, Easy Games that Enhance Intelligence,
- Self-esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves,
- Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy.
Follow Barbara Sher:
- Review of Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders