Friday, November 9, 2012
Anyhoo, meet The Rug. I got it on clearance at the Target Dollar Spot after Valentine's Day a couple of years ago. I have noticed since then that they have little rugs for just about every holiday, so depending on your mood and budget and bin situation, you could theoretically have a rug for all seasons. Here is how to use The Rug...
Place The Rug on the floor. Invite a group of children to come to the front (this idea is actually a perfect activity for small primaries). As a song is played/sung, have the children walk in a circle, stepping on The Rug once in a rotation. Here come the variations.
Variation 1: Similar to musical chairs, have your pianist randomly stop playing. The child standing on The Rug has to say or sing the next line.
Variation 2: When the song is over, the child on The Rug chooses an action or Fun Way to Sing for the next section of the song.
Variation 3: When the music stops, the child on The Rug is "out" or placed on a special team - then it's a contest of who knows the song better - the kids in the circle, or the kids that are "out."
Other uses of The Rug could be having your special helper stand on it while they're helping you; if you're standing on The Rug the kids have to sing, if you move they hum; stand on The Rug and tell them the better they sing the more you tip - they have to try and tip you off.
There's a million ways to use The Rug. It's a fun and simple prop that you can pull out whenever, and they'll love it. Keep it in the closet...it's worth it!
What would you do with The Rug?
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