Throughout the summer we enjoyed using scarves to fly kites in our workshops. Scarves are amazing for weight, space, time, and flow in music. Find lightweight scarves like those from class and play while listening to "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from Mary Poppins. (We also have scarves in our starter kits, which have about 10 instruments!)
"Let's Go Fly A Kite" is an example of a tune in triple meter, meaning the rhythms can be grouped in three. While listening to the tune show the triple feel in your hands by clapping all of the beats (beat 1, beat 2, and beat 3) emphasizing beat 1. Now try stomping your feet on beat 1 while clapping. You can also try flying your kite in circles on beat 1 and throwing your scarf into the air on beat 1. See if your child can feel triple meter by watching how they march, move, sing, kite-fly, and dance in the song. Ask you child how else they can move on beat 1. If your child is pre-verbal dance while you are carrying them emphasizing beat 1.
There are endless ways to play with scarves and feel triple time. Please share any fun ideas you or your children come up with!