Song Words Switch Up
Updated: Apr 6
Share your thoughts and feelings by putting them to the music of a familiar song!
What you’ll need: Pen and paper
What’s it for?
This activity helps you share your thoughts and feelings by putting them to the music of a familiar song. When you’ve finished your song, you could perform it for your family if you would like to. This activity could be done alone or with another person.
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?
What songs do you like to sing?
Spend some time changing the words so that they are your own. Is it a silly song? A sad song? A happy song? What would you like to sing about today?
If you find it helps, download the lyrics to the original song first and then get creative!
Write down the words to your new song. You could sing it to yourself, or you might like to perform it for someone else in your home or over a video chat.
Extra Activity: Make up a dance or actions to go along with your song.
When you’ve finished singing, ask yourself the following questions:
What was your song about?
What is the title of your new song?
Is this a song to sing loudly or quietly?
Would your song sound different if you made it faster or slower?
Who would you want to hear your song?
What instruments could go with this song?
Are there any more verses you would like to add?
What is your favourite part of the song?
Was there anything in your song that felt hard to say?
How did it feel when you were singing?
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 © March 2020
Creative Art: Music
Psychological Area: Emotional Wellbeing, Play, Communication
These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.
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