Sing it Back!
Follow and lead a partner as you sing together about the things you like.
What you’ll need: Two people
What’s it for?
This activity will help you use your voice to lead or respond to your partner. This will help you build your communication and relationship skills while singing about positive ideas, which can help boost your mood!
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
For this game you can make up your own music, but you might find it easier to use part of a tune you know. Choose a simple song that you and your partner both know, like ‘Twinkle Twinkle’. To begin, sing it through together to feel comfortable using your voices.
Next, try taking it in turns to sing a line. For example, the first person sings “Twinkle twinkle little star”, and the next person sings “How I wonder what you are.” It might be difficult to listen and wait for your turn, so try this a few times until you feel more confident.
Think about positive questions you could ask your partner, using the melody of the song. It could be something really easy, like singing “What’s your favourite thing to eat?” and they might sing back “I like apples and chocolate.” They could then sing the question back to you, and you can respond with what you like.
Try singing questions like “what do you like about yourself?” and “what is something that makes you happy?” You might feel a bit silly singing at first, but sometimes using your singing voice can make it easier to share how you feel, rather than just using words alone!
You might find that singing different words changes the tune you were singing. Can you and your partner create your own original song with the words you have been singing?
Extra Activity: If you are playing on your own, you could still sing the questions and answers to yourself. Could you perform it for someone in your home?
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
What kind of music is your favourite to sing to?
Did you learn anything about yourself during this activity?
How did your body feel when you were singing with your partner?
What was your favourite thing to sing about?
Why might it be helpful to think about the things we appreciate or enjoy?
This activity helps you to think about what you enjoy and value, while developing your listening and leadership. This can help you with feeling positive and support your communication and relationship skills.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Music
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Relationships, Communication, Self-Exploration
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