Chanukah ideas and festive percussion activities

  • I had a request for a Chanukah song. “Take a Potato” is one of my favorite. Get out your gathering drum or hand drums and play on the repeated words, then RUMBLE (tremolo) on the "Oh!" You can also use this for a drum or percussion circle. Free play on the song, play together on the 3 repeated words and on "Oh!" everyone moves to a new instrument. So much fun! Percussion Circle Reminders: Set out many more instruments than the number of children and have them laying on the edge of the parachute to maintain order when its time to switch.

    For Music Box Members only, the lively recording of the Chanukah song, Take a Potato, is a big hit for babies to grade one. (Not yet a member? Sign Up and join the fun!)

    The entire album, Cha Cha Chanukah by the Shirettes, is wonderful.

    Also for Chanukah, and FREE this week in Music Box Downloads is I Have a Little Dreidel for your elementary classes, including an Orff Orchestration. And one more FREE one for you this week in the box is March from the Nutcracker. Enjoy a look at the students having fun with percussion and movement.

    There are several holiday/winter downloads featured on the top of the home page of Music Box. Check out the festive activities to use once those holiday shows are done.