Ever since I saw the post “Beat Buddies Help Keep the Steady Beat” on Mrs. King’s Music Room blog, I knew I wanted a set of my own. This summer, I’m making it happen!
My local thrift store chain was having a 25% off everything in their stores sale, so I knew it was the perfect time to make my own collection.
While out and about I also found some stuffed animals to use as visuals for teaching kinder concepts like loud and quiet. I found a mouse puppet! It was my lucky day.
In her blog post, Mrs. King talks about using these as a way to engage students while practicing beat motions and this is primarily what I think I will use them for.
I also think they would be super fun for practicing other musical concepts. We could categorize animals by loud/quiet, fast/slow, and high/low. Students holding a loud animal could sing a song loud, then students holding quiet animals could sing quiet. Then we could all sing together, but students still sing like their animal. There are a lot of possibilities here and I’m excited to bring give these little creatures all a good bath and then bring them into the classroom to have fun while learning!