07Feb
2012
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Put a Little Love in Your Heart!

Love is in the air! I am a big holiday person and now that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I am excited to be implementing my themed activities for this holiday of love. (Too cheesy?) My previous post was on Valentine’s BINGO, a musical game I use with my adolescent groups. Be sure to download the template for free!

Today, I want to share a Valentine’s Day songwriting activity that I implemented yesterday with my group at Friendship Circle. I used the song “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Jackie deShannon as a template and left blanks for the group to fill in. My very large post-it paper looked like this:

________________________________________

Put a little love in your heart

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Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place (repeat)

For you, and me, just wait and see!

I like this song because it’s catchy and has just enough repetition. Most of the group had heard the song before and the rest caught on quickly. I sang through the original song so they could hear the melody and the flow of the song. Then I asked for lyrics to fill in that had to do with love or friendship. This is what they came up with:

We love the Frienship Circle, it’s a great place to be

Put a little love in your heart

Music and art and crafts, yoga and sports and dance

Put a little love in your heart!

And the world will be a better place (repeat)

For you, and me, just wait and see!

 

You are my friend you see, I will give love to you

Put a little love in your heart

Valentine’s Day if here, come on and spread your cheer,

Put a little love in your heart!

And the world will be a better place (repeat)

For you, and me, just wait and see!

I was very impressed with the lyrics they came up with! One of the group members had just started a new relationship, so he had a lot of feelings to draw from (hence Verse 2!). We sang the song through a few times and they were very happy with how it all turned out.  Next time we meet, I am going to record them on Garage Band and burn a CD for each of them so they can keep their work. Very meaningful for them!

What are YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day themed interventions?

* 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 *

 

 

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