|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Most children are not born with perfect pitch. Changing the pitch of their voice is something they have to learn to do, and before that, to learn to recognise what it means. Again this is best taught through demonstration and participation. Actions that can be done as the pitch changes, such as moving or pointing up or down, help to reinforce the concept of changes in pitch. Also don’t be afraid to use your own voice as you are talking about pitch to illustrate the differences. Be confident in your voice as you want the children to feel confident in their voices and if you are shy, they will pick up on it.
- Laminates of play park equipment to illustrate the song
Two to three weeks
How it works
Whereas the other pitch activities teach children to listen to pitch changes and respond to them, this activity encourages children to start to copy changes in pitch with their voices.
What to do in the class
Explain to the children that Ralph loves going to the park, show them the pictures on the wall and tell them that we are going to sing about each fun thing that Ralph goes on using our voices and our bodies. Demonstrate the pitch fall that you make with your voice when you ‘sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide down’ the slide. Explain to the parents that we are aiming to develop the children’s understanding and ability to use pitch in their voices.
This rhyme describes Ralph playing in a playground. As he plays on each piece of equipment, he makes a range a fun noises which sweep in pitch. Teach the rhyme to the children (using the recording). Your voice should go up and down in pitch as Ralph plays on the equipment. To reinforce the change in pitch get the children to do the changing sounds with the actions. You can do them with Ralph to bring it alive for the children. Whilst saying the rhyme, encourage the children to do the sounds with their voices, changing from high to low.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation necessary