Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Over the past few days, I’ve shared a few of my favorite VDay themed interventions. In today’s blog post, I’d like to share the session plan that I used for my adolescent group at the Friendship Circle to celebrate the holiday.
1. Hello Blues Song
3. Instrument Playing to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
* (these are the top 2 favorite musical artists of the group)
5. Social Skills Hearts (see picture above)
- Cut out medium size hearts on pink and red paper
- On each heart, paste a different social skills question. (Check out Tuneful Teens: Creative Ideas for Engaging Adolescents in Music Therapy for the template!) Some examples include:
- What is a compliment?
- What should you do when someone is having a conversation and you want to talk to them?
- How can you be a good friend?
- On the day of the group, place all the hearts inside a tambourine. Play the song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman (you know, the one from Toy Story) as you pass around the heart-filled tambourine. When the music stops, the person holding it must take out a heart, read the question aloud, and answer it.
- Continue until each group member has a chance to answer a question. Encourage the group to sing along with you!
6. Many Little Hearts, Many Little Moves - fantastic movement activity from Meryl Brown of Developing Melodies.
7. Goodbye Song
This was a fun session to lead because it generated all kinds of ideas from the group about love and friendship. What are YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day themed activities?
Looking for more inspiration for your adolescent groups? You’ll want to check out this resource ~ Tuneful Teens: Creative Ideas for Engaging Adolescents in Music Therapy