I am always looking for fun ways to warm up the kids voices. I have used the handy dandy slide whistle, lines on the board, sirens, etc.…., but for the little ones I thought it would be fun to use a familiar game. I came up with the idea when I was playing around with lines with my almost 4 year old. I drew a long curvy line that we used for her matchbox cars to drive on …

and I thought it would be fun to add sound ~ as I had done so many times in my classes. We had a great time with this, so I thought about other ways to incorporate the idea of following lines and sounds in our play together ~ Chutes and Ladders came to mind!

It is a game that is simple enough to play, encourages kids to take turns, highlights counting and has them following ladders up and chutes down ~ PERFECT for music class!

So today I brought our game and played it with the Kinders. We had a blast! I laid out the board in the middle of the circle:

We chose 1 piece and I had each students take a turn on the spinner:


When the spinner stopped on a number, I moved the 1 player piece that many spaces. If there was a ladder going up, we made our voices go from low to high. If we landed on a chute, we made our voices go from high to low. Even though we were only using one playing piece on the board, the game could have lasted a lot longer than it did. I ended up cutting it short due to time constraints; however, if you ever need a filler activity, this is it!!

It is always fun to surprise the kids with activities using materials one wouldn’t normally find in a music room. ….it keeps them on their toes! Let us know in the comments below unconventional materials you use in your room to help meet standards!