This month I wanted to share my favorite music therapy inventions for summer! Feel free to use any of these songs and change them to fit your needs!
Let’s Head to the Beach!
I love the ocean drum! It is such a cool, realistic sounding sensory instrument that can make me feel like I really am hearing the waves of the ocean roll in, and out. I have an original song that I like to use with my students called “Ocean Waves”.
The lyrics are:
“The ocean waves go in and out, In and out, In and out
The ocean waves go in and out, All day long”
This is a pretty simple song that allows students to play the instrument and experience sensory input. You can also use other songs that you know that are about water, the ocean, or even from movies like “The Little Mermaid”.
Bubbles can be a great way to help kids calm when they are really upset. It is also visually stimulating and engages core muscles to blow air in a controlled way to make a bubble. Here are some songs I like to use that I found while researching some songs and I think they are great (and super cute)!
Bubbles in the Air
“There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in your HAIR, there are bubbles in the air, in the air”
“There are bubbles on my shoe, on my shoe.
There are bubbles on my shoe, on my shoe.
There are bubbles on my shoe, and I don’t know what to do, there are bubbles on my shoe, on my shoe”
“There are bubbles way up high, way up high.
There are bubbles way up high, way up high.
There are bubbles way up high, and I’ll pop them on my thigh, there are bubbles way up high, way up high”
(tune: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean)
The bubbles flew over the flowers.
The bubbles flew over the trees.
The bubbles flew over the grass.
So many bubbles, I see.
Five Big Bubbles
Five big bubbles floating all around.
Until one popped when it landed on the ground.
Four big bubbles floating high and free.
Until one popped when it landed in a tree.
Three big bubbles floating quite as a mouse.
Until one popped when it landed on the house.
Two big bubbles floating down to land.
Until one popped when it landed in my hand.
One big bubble still floating in the air.
Until it popped when it landed in my hair.
The Goldfish Song
This song is from the Laurie Berkner Band and is such a fun song about fish having fun adventures! It is a great motor intervention as well as works on cognitive skills like following directions! Look it up at
Using the parachute is so fun! It is visually stimulation for students who seek that type of stimulation and also physically stimulating. It also is a good cognitive intervention for following directions. I like to use another original song when I work no the parachute with my students and the lyrics go:
“It goes up And down
Up And down
Up And down
It goes fast, Fast, Fast
It goes Fast, Fast, Fast
And up and down”
Again these lyrics are very simple and when I sing them I have my voice go up in pitch when I sing “up” and have the pitch go down when I sing “down”. All of the lyrics give directions to the whole group on how to move the parachute together and work as a team. After we go through the lyrics once, I invite students one at a time to sit underneath the parachute while the rest of the students and I continue to sing the lyrics and move the parachute over top of the student sitting underneath. Again, it is a great sensory intervention as well as physical for the students who are manipulating the parachute during the song.
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