|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
This activity is about teaching children to sing loudly and softly and to recognise the difference between the two.
- Your chosen song
- Laminated pictures if using Jungle Song
Spend at least 2 weeks on each song
How it works
There are three songs/rhymes to choose from below which encourage children to sing both softly and loudly.
What to do in the class
Explain to the children that they are going to sing a song very loudly and then very softly. Show them the difference between speaking very loudly and very quietly as you explain. See if they can say something back to you loudly and quietly so you can check they have got the concept before you start the song. Try to use the word ‘soft’ as much as possible as this is the correct musical term for ‘quiet’. The children will probably understand the word quiet more easily, so you will need to explain that singing ‘softly’ means trying to be very quiet with our voices.
Choose one of these songs to do:
- Walking through the Jungle (this is a new version featuring different animals and with each verse sung either loudly or softly)
- This is the Way We Sing a Song (this is sung to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, with different verses sung a different volumes)
- Jelly on a Plate (this is a new version which from a whisper to loud and back again).
Use other ways to reinforce the concept of loud and soft with the children. For example open your arms wide when singing loudly or fingers close to mouth when singing quietly. You could use your nose as a pretend volume button between the different verses.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation required
You may need to remind children that singing ‘loudly’ is not the same as shouting! Start with Jelly on a Plate, which is easiest for the children to respond to the dynamics in, and then progress onto Jungle Song which is more complex.