Here's a fun activity to help with music literacy, fine motor skills, and color identification. If this is something you'd like to try with your students, pick up your own printable Treble Clef Play Dough Worksheets from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store. There's a stop-motion video toward the end of this post, too!
Once you've purchased the activity sheets, just download them, print, and slip into page protectors or laminate. One thing nice about the page protectors is you can easily keep them in a 3-ring binder.
I made red, blue, & white play dough based on this recipe. Store bought play dough would certainly work too (I used Play-Doh brand in the video)! It looks like we'd already experimented with mixing the colors (that was another learning activity!) when the E worksheet picture below was taken.
You can use this activity for part of a lesson (make sure students wash their hands before touching the instrument again), as homework, or for a music camp activity.
Before your students start this activity, make sure to set some rules. I asked the students questions to go over expectations. Here were some of mine:
Do you mix the play dough colors? (No. Later we did mix some, but that was a directed activity.)
Does the play dough go off your box/lid? (No.)
Use rules & guidelines that you see fit, and phrase them in your own way. It might be more effective to use positive phrasing, such as "the colors stay separate" & "the play dough stays on the box/lid." Then you don't risk the student(s) just hearing/processing "mix the play dough" & "off your box/lid."
You can use a box/lid, or a place mat to keep the surface clean and to give visual boundaries for the students.
This activity is great for a variety of ages. I worked with for a small group of preschool through about mid-elementary school age for this project. But I think it could be fun for about any age! You can also make it more or less difficult for different age groups and/or music levels.
How would you use these printable worksheets?
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Need some musical art to spruce up your studio space? Try out this upcycled DIY cassette wall art inspired by HGTV Handmade. It's a great way to use those old cassettes you no longer listen to!
Watch the video and/or follow the written instructions below to make your own!
board (I used the front of an old drawer)
picture hanging hardware/supplies
sheet music (you can look for some at your local thrift store, or print some from the Petrucci Music Library)
glue (I used school glue and hot glue)
old cassette tapes
Step 1: Measure & attach the picture hanger.
Step 2: Sand front of board.
Step 3: Add the sheet music to the board in a decoupage-like manner. You can mix water with the glue if you wish.
Step 4: Allow to dry.
Step 1: Remove the tape from the cassettes (optional). You might want to use this for another project.
Step 2: Remove any labels and sand.
Step 3: Paint with the necessary number of coats. Make sure to cover the front and sides.
Arrange cassette tapes on board and glue down with hot glue.
After your art has dried, hang it up in your studio to enjoy!
What do you think of the video? Was it helpful?
Be sure to use #Fischarper and/or tag me if you post your version of this project to social media (I'd love to see it)!
Candle in glass jar
Flame safe paint (I used Liquid Leaf before realizing you shouldn't use it near flame...oops. Learn from my mistake.)
Tape (scissors if necessary)
First, tape off a triangle, resembling an abstract-ish harp shape.
Paint the triangle with your flame safe paint. You might want to use a paint brush that you don't mind throwing away, in case the paint doesn't want to wash out.
Allow to dry and remove tape.
Touch up the paint if necessary (especially if you tried to scrape strings onto it and it didn't work #oops) and enjoy!
Take pictures and edit them to try to make everything show up ok. :) Alright, that part's optional.
Remember to never leave candles unattended and to be careful around flame. As with all posts, try this at your own risk and if you're a kid, get a responsible adult to help you! Again, make sure to use flame safe paint and/or use a battery operated candle.
Let me know in the comments and on social media if you try this!
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