I cannot believe we have already arrived at the week of thanksgiving! Where has the time flown this year! Before you know it I’ll be posting about Christmas. All of the decorations are up, the turkey is soon to be thawing in the fridge, and families are getting ready to travel. If you’re anything like me though, you are still going to be working and doing sessions this week! So, in honor of Thanksgiving I’ve complied a few resources for music therapists. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Four Educational Thanksgiving Chants from Tuned Into Learning
These four chants work on a variety of concepts including naming colors, counting, sharing, telling time, turn taking, and social skills. I love these adorable chants and FREE printouts! I’ll be using two of them today in my own sessions!
2. Thanksgiving Song Writing Activity from Music Therapy = <3
This song writing activity is a great opportunity for older clients (teens & up) to discuss what they are thankful for, work on expression, identify feelings, and understand what the holiday is all about. I have also used this activity with a client working on specific spelling words, writing skills, and speech/articulation goals. The words are set to the familiar tune of “My Favorite Things” and a free printable worksheet is available on the website!
3. 10 Days of Thanksgiving Song by Rachel Rambach at Listen and Learn
This is a great Thanksgiving song for working on color and food identification, speech, sequencing, and counting. It’s an adorable and applicable song set to the familiar tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
4. 10 Little Turkeys
Looking for 1 more counting song related to thanksgiving! Use cut out turkeys and replace just a couple of the words in the song “10 Little Indians” to create a new holiday song. Here is an example of what the lyrics might look like:
1 little, 2 little, 3 little turkeys
4 little, 5 little, 6 little turkeys
7 little, 8 little, 9 little turkeys
10 little turkeys gobbling at me.