Bean Bag Hop Song with Bean Bags

I just love it when someone shares a lesson plan, activity, pictures, videos, or songs using Bear Paw Creek products!  This time Rachel over at Listen Learn Music has written a new song to use with bean bags.  Of course – I have to share it with you!  It is always fun to add a new song to your list. I have also added some bean bags on to the shop!  We not offer neutral and jeweled tone bean bags along with the original primary colors and textured bean bags.   Favorite Bean Bags It’s a wonderful compliment when someone shares that something we make is their favorite!  There are so many choices in this world, it’s a high compliment.  Rachel wrote a beautiful post about our bean bags and a new song she wrote.  Here is part of what she said: As I’m sure you’ve noticed, MANY of my songs revolve around the use of props. They can be such a wonderful tool for addressing motor skills, coordination, group participation, turn-taking, and much more. Bean bags are wonderful tools for addressing so many different skills: balance, dexterity, crossing the midline, hand-eye coordination, and the list goes on. This particular song targets several of those objectives, along with impulse control, following directions, and identifying body parts. I love watching my students and clients attempt all of the directives in this song, from making the bean bag hop from hand to hand during the chorus, to placing it on each body part in the verses. “Bean Bag Hop”, like most of my other songs, can easily be adapted to meet...

Bean Bags and Music with Mar

Guest post by Maryann Harman of Music with Mar Bean bags are one of the many things in early childhood that are thought of as ‘toys’ and yet they are so much more than that.   It’s almost as if ‘toy’ is a bad word, like there is no time for toys in early childhood.  We must get ready for school!  Toys are the tools of childhood.  It is with toys that many skills are developed because it is through play we learn how to navigate the world.  Bean bags are fun toys.   Let’s break down the things that are learned when playing with bean bags.   Playing with Bean Bags and Learning The first aspect is tactile.  Children are feeling them.  Squishing them.  Poking them. This helps to develop the FINE MOTOR SKILLS of the fingers.  When they push down on the beans in the middlle and they move, that’s SCIENCE!  They are learning displacement. When they toss a bean bag up in the air and it comes down, that’s gravity.  None of these concepts need to be named.  They can just happen while children’s brains get wired for understanding the concept when the time comes. There are many songs using bean bags.  I, myself, have composed a few.  The combination of music with the bean bag activities intensifies the learning experience.  Music helps the children utilize the bean bags in a constructive way while making it easier to understand.  Because of music, they will retain what they’ve learned a bit longer as well. The song “I’ve Got a Bean Bag” encourages children to try different motor skills....

Crossing the Midline with the Stretchy Band, Balloon Ball, Bean Bags

OT Mom’s Learning Activities Link Up     About a year ago I stumbled across Tracey from OT Mom Learning Activities.  She lives in Africa and was looking for some bean bags, and I also sent her a stretchy band and balloon ball for her to try out. She specifically shared how to use the stretchy band, bean bags, and balloon ball for teaching bilateral coordination. She says, “Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body together in a coordinated way. It is also called bilateral integration“ I will be sharing her ideas and linking up to her blog posts and information. Crossing the Midline with the Stretchy Band, Balloon Ball, Bean Bags Follow this link for fun activities for crossing the midline to implement at home and come with lots of photos to show you just what to do! Ball and Bean Bag Activities More Activities for Midline Crossing A Stretchy Band Activity Info, Tips and A Free Handout Stretchy Band Bear Paw Creek’s stretchy band can be used very effectively to work on midline crossing skills with a group of kids! Have your kids stand in a circle and hold on to the stretchy band. These 3 kids are holding 2 bands which have been joined together to make a longer one. Start clapping a beat or singing a song and have the kids move the stretchy band hand over hand around the circle in a rhythmical way. They should be crossing the midline as they reach from side to side. Read more on OT Mom!   Save Save Save Save [Tweet “Simple...
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