Theme of the Week – Music Makers

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Music Makers

Below are five ideas. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. Have the campers do their version of Stomp using trash can lids, sticks and other things. Have cabins come up with their own routines.
  2. Have a drum circle.
  3. Have campers dance blindfolded. Many kids are self-conscious when it comes to dancing. Why? Because they are afraid that other kids will laugh at them. Yet they will dance at home when nobody is watching. Taking campers out to an open area during the day and blindfolding them takes that fear away. Make sure they have plenty of room. Tell them to try and stay where they are. Then play some music, and with the sun in their face and wind in their hair they will eventually let go and dance. Let them know that dancing is all about moving and feeling the music, not trying to impress others.
  4. Give campers the opportunity to play instruments they would not normally have the chance to try out. From a complete drum set to a Reverie Harp, Banjos, Ocarina flute, Ring flute. the musical jug and the Jew’s harp are all fun and different instruments that campers would love to try out.
  5. Make a music video.


  • another fun idea is a marching band… have kids pick their fav instrument from a box and line up and make a parade of instruments. also there are TONS of fun crafts to do where kids can make their own instruments.. shakers(plastic easter eggs work really easily with dried beans and rice inside), tissuebox guitars, papertowel role microphone etc.

  • We have a segment each week that incorporates music called, Boombox Wednesdays, (at first we called it Jukebox, but my staff told me none of the kids would know what a jukebox was). Boombox Wednesday is where kids put their song request in the boombox. I have a very talented trombonist who pulls out the song a few days before and he would learn the song by ear and then showcase it on Wednesday to the kids by playing his trombone. We even had one of our aspiring musicians play the keyboard when the trombonist wasn’t at work. The kids loved hearing the current songs on the radio at camp from our staff. We’ve even had staff rapping about oreos during a morning assembly. This is a good week to invite kids to bring in their instrument to showcase their talent to the rest of the campers.

    • That sounds like a lot of fun, Andrea. I never would have thought of a trombone as a solo instrument. It would be awesome if you found a couple of kids that played instruments to play with him, even if it was a djembe drum or egg shaker. 🙂

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