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Overview and benefit
The rhyme is designed to help children start to understand pitch using teddies as props to help the children understand the variation.
- Teddy props, or laminated teddy pictures
- Music track
Two to three weeks
How it works
Children will learn a simple rhyme about two teddies (one called high and one called low). They will chant along with you using their voices to sing high and low.
What to do in the class
Give out the props, two for each child, one held in each hand. Explain to the children that the teddy in one hand is called ‘High’ sing this as high as you can while holding the teddy as high as you can. Encourage the children to then sing the word ‘High’ as high as they can pitch it. It does not have to be a particular note, just any high note is fine. Now demonstrate ‘Low’ in the same way singing as low as you can and holding the teddy low down. Encourage the children to copy you. Now put on the track, or if you prefer do the whole rhyme without backing.
This activity could also be done standing up. When the pitch goes high, stretched really high up and sing with a very high pitch voice and when it goes low, crouch down and use a very low tone pitch voice.
Repeat the track with the children three times.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation necessary
You could use any familiar song and sing it with the children in a high and low voice, for example Twinkle Twinkle. When it is sung in a high squeaky voice the children stand up tall and walk in a circle, when it is sung in a low grumbly voice they crouch down or crawl.