Auditory Sensory Play On St. Patrick’s Day!
Finding good music for St. Patrick’s day should not be as hard as finding a pot of gold this St. Patrick’s day. So we put together a treasure of resources for good St. Patrick’s day music for kids and the whole family. I assure you, it’s worth it’s weight in gold.
Good songs for kids can be hard to find. Not just songs, but good songs. Can you easily find songs and music that your kids like, and that you like too? Nope.
A little mindful parenting can make this easy, and this Little Leprechaun Music Guide does the work for you. As a musical family, and with years of developmental understanding as a pediatric therapist, this guide will rock your green socks off this St. Patrick’s day, as well as your kids. Auditory sensory play is always fun, but on St. Patrick’s day it super relevant too.
The music of St. Patrick’s day has been popular for centuries, and it’s easy to incorporate auditory sensory play into the fun day’s activities. With good music, you can play hot potato, have an Irish dance contest, or paint to music. All these auditory sensory play ideas work well, but good music is the key to making it go off without a hitch.
We’ve put together an original song to help your kids actively engage and participate in auditory and imaginative sensory play, a nod to Montessori based play. We also included our favorite artists and albums that you can look for and play during your St. Patrick’s Day mayhem.
Your mindful parenting work has been done for you. Cheers!
St. Patrick’s Day Song for Preschoolers and Toddlers!
I really don’t think this song has an actual age range, as I have heard moms and dad and kids singing it after they heard it just a few times. So that tells me the age range is pretty diverse.
If you want to use it at home I suggest taking a video and sending it to friends and family. In school you can make little beards and St. Patrick’s Day hats as costumes for a St. Patrick’s day parent performance or party. In the community, this works great for play-dates that are screen free. It’s a real Montessori based activity, with kids doing and being part of the fun on St. Patrick’s Day.
All these ideas are really just combinations of auditory sensory play with other senses. Facilitated by good music, kids can learn about their environment and at the same time train their musical ear.
Here are some great dress up resources to turn you kids into Leprechauns all while they engage in auditory sensory play:
Play dress up, pull out the guitar, or sing as a group. Just follow the words for “Jiggidy Jig Kid” to the familiar kids tune “Grand Old Duke of York”, and let the sensoryfun begin.
“Jiggidy Jig Kid” by Melissa S. Misra
copyright February 2018
St. Patrick’s Day Music Resources for Mindful Parents:
It seems that good quality music went out of style years ago, except in the circles of musicians that meet in homes, smaller venues and in smaller online groups. There are usually just a couple of hundred people at these community music meet ups, as is the case for the below artists. So ironic, because most of the time, the musicians at these meet ups are at the top of their game! Good quality music is simply not pushed through the radio channels like it once was, so we are parents have a harder job locating good quality music.
That’s why a mindful music planning can make a big difference in the fun factor and musicality of our musical experiences as a family.
I assure you that the resources below have been tested, happily listened to, and seen live with great excitement. If you listen, enjoy and share these tunes with your family, you are in for a good time. St. Patrick’s day is usually about bar songs, but these are pure art, from the best musicians in their field.
Auditory Sensory Play Aided by Good St. Patrick’s Day Songs
Our first grouping does have one of the world’s premier fiddlers on all three albums. Wherever you go, and fiddling is happening, chances are Alasdair is there. Enjoy all these albums without a second thoughts. They are exceptional and a must play on St. Patrick’s Day.
Try a sample of Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Waltz here.
Give Good Music for Kids a Try for St. Patrick’s Day This Year!
Wishing you all the musical luck your heart can hold this St. Patrick’s Day. Music is often called the language of the heart, and what a more beautiful holiday than St. Patrick’s Day to indulge. Irish music is deep and rich and intoxicating. This is one thing this St. Patrick’s Day that you can never have quite enough of.
Happy St. Patrick’s day to you and your whole family!