The Musicians of Bremen

The Musicians of Bremen - Story Ideas

After a joyful start to term climbing the beanstalk with Jack last week, we’re kicking off our musical storytelling this week tomorrow with a trip over to Germany! We’ll have the chance for animal noises galore with the chart-topping band (perhaps!), the Musicians of Bremen. There’s not much better than a bit of collective eeyoring on a lovely Autumn day! And actually, getting your little ones (and TBH, you grown ups too…) making funny animal noises in our call and response song, is also a sneaky way to introduce a bit more collective singing too! 

This week’s blog is to share a few ideas for activities inspired by this story, but first things first, if you fancy checking out the story before coming to a class, re-visiting it afterwards, or, if you’re further afield or can’t make a real life class, joining me on the podcast, here’s our Beanstalk Arts audio only version of the story:

Play:
This is the day to have a kitchen band! Get out all the pots and pans for drums, lids for cymbals, wooden spoons, colanders… let’s make some noise 😀
OR how about you get some of your favourite animal toys and can you imagine the sounds they would make if they sing? 

Arts and crafts: 
I LOVE a pair of animal ears, and with my girls we really enjoyed this super simple craft project.

Music:
Gotta be a bit of German traditional music!  , or if you’re looking for some kids music to lift you mood, it’s hard to beat the kids songs by the wonderful Nick Cope 

Watching: 
Aah, not the kindest to ears with this Pinkfong link, but, again, my kids will love it even if I don’t… 

Here’s a video with lots of images of Bremen itself – it looks lovely!

The muppet musicians of Bremen! Horribly low res…but it’s the muppets! 

Reading:
The Storynory version can be found to read here or you could make up today’s reading corner with books about donkeys, roosters, cats, dogs and robbers? 

Active:
A little spurious in the link (doh!), but the animals are happily playing and singing at the end, so why not do a yoga disco with the always great Cosmic Yoga.

Educational (probably best for slightly older kids):
Where is Bremen? Can you find it on a map? 
Here’s a Musicians of Bremen crossword to try.

Here’s a video version of the story! This was a livestream in the February 2021 UK lockdown! 

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