This most recent camp was Music and Drama camp. We had a blast with about 70 kids from my church (Village Presbyterian Church) and the surrounding area and survived a whirlwind of music, prop creation, line learning, and making a big whale! We performed a really fun show called “Oh Jonah” by Alan Pote. The show was easy to quickly learn and super singable even for our varied group. We had one or two campers who had just finished kindergarten and the ages went all the way up to a couple who had just finished 5th grade. It’s quite the age range but everyone found a place in the show and I can guarantee that everyone had fun.
There’s a lot I could say about the show and the production but most of all I wanted to share one of our biggest and most exciting props, Jonah’s huge whale! Our drama camp director, Jenny Hull, came up with this great idea to make a huge movable whale to pull along the skirt of the performance area during the show. Inspired by old parade floats, this ginormous whale was fun for the kids to slowly put together during the course of the week. It’s something that you could TOTALLY pull off whether you’re making a prop that’s ocean themed or some other sort of monster, character, shape, etc.
Finishing touches came in the form of black tissue for the whales mouth, two huge googley eyes (thanks Michael’s for those!), and a sparkly balloon weight from Dollar Tree (you could also use one of those table centerpiece things) to serve as the whale’s spout/blowhole. All in all, the whale came together quite well. It lasted through the dress rehearsals, performance, and an extra appearance outside of the sanctuary Sunday morning. The only complication came when the whale’s tale started to sag. We quickly fixed this by tying some wire to the whale’s head and then anchoring the tale to the head with the wire. It was sorta like a tightrope wire connecting the head to the tail that stayed taught and kept the tail from sagging. Oh, and he molted/lost about 4-5 napkins whenever he moved. I think I told kids a couple times that it was just barnacles coming off the whale. :D Then I picked up the napkins and pushed them into the side of the whale.
Super fun show, great kids, and an awesome idea for a future prop to use in the classroom! I’m definitely inspired by this and can already think about 5 or 6 things I could make using this technique.
I’m most excited about a set of posters that are totally music/instrument themed! The posters serve as colorful frames for content and could really be used for anything (they’re available for personal or commercial use). Here are my plans for them: I plan to assign one color/instrument to each of my 6 classes and then after laminating and cutting out the posters I’ll use these as their place to find the “vocab word of the week.” Once you laminate them the frames will be perfect to use with dry erase markers and can easily be changed.
Check them out and see what you think. Click the links below to see the product listings and let me know if you have ideas of how to make them better!
Alright, off to do something non-school related for a tiny part of my summer. I've got a week of non-kid, non-learning, non-education time and then Orff Level 2! Can't wait!