11Jul
2018
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A Camping We Will Go…With Our Senses

I just returned home from a lovely trip to Boston with my little one for a family get together. The weather was beyond beautiful and we enjoyed some delicious BBQs in the backyard.

Now that I’m home, I’m ready to wrap up the little camping series I started two weeks ago.

You can catch up on all the camping-themed music therapy activities I shared for the school-age population (grades K-5) here and here.

Today I’ll wrap up by sharing the sensory-based activities I included for the students who are sensory-learners.

Olfactory – We smelled marshmallows and campfire-scented candles (they do exist!)

Visual – We turned off the overhead lights and looked at the lantern light as it moved around the room (great for working on visual tracking).

Tactile – We touched soft, squishy marshmallows, sticks for roasting food over the campfire, and crunchy leaves from the hiking trail. We felt stuffed animal bears and raccoons.

Auditory –  We listened to nature sounds: cricket rasp for the crickets (of course!), frog rasp for the frogs (of course!), quacker for the ducks, and thunder tube for the bears.

Gustatory (Taste) – For those without allergies, we tasted yummy marshmallows and made s’mores (my absolute fave!)

For each sensory experience above I sang an original or piggyback song, or sang one of the traditional camping songs I mention here.

I hope you’ve been able to use some of these experiences in your sessions! Leave a comment below to let me know your favorite one.

 

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