It’s harvest time again and here at Out of the Ark Music, we’re finding even more reasons to celebrate the season. Our wonderful catalogue of autumn and harvest songs for schools have inspired us to seek out fun and crafty activities for kids – perfect for the classroom! Have a go at singing along to some Out of the Ark Music songs whilst creating some DIY harvest festival crafts. Better still, why not host a harvest assembly and display these wonderful autumn crafts for all to see?
Do have a look at our Top Ways To Celebrate Harvest In Your Primary School blog for more ways to celebrate harvest this year. Here’s just a small selection of some of our favourite harvest festival songs for kids, along with some easy-to-make crafts, that will get the whole school singing and excited for harvest time.
1. I Can Eat A Rainbow by Rebecca Kincaid
My World: Harvest
My World: Harvest is the newest songbook in our award winning My World Series. With wonderful songs for ages 4-8, it covers everything there is to celebrate throughout the harvest season, from potatoes and healthy eating, to scarecrows and ploughing the fields.
I Can Eat A Rainbow gets everyone in the mood for healthy eating with its bouncy melody and upbeat tune. With a long list of fruit and vegetables, this song will encourage young singers to work on their diction and pronunciation as they tackle this delicious mouthful of words.
CRAFT: Get everyone extra-excited about eating a colourful dinner by creating a fabulous paper collage of rainbow-coloured fruit and veg on paper dinner plates. Not only will this encourage healthy eating at school, it can also encourage healthy eating at home as children can stick their paper plates to their fridges to serve as a reminder to eat more fruit and veg. You could even suggest playing a game over the season of harvest during which students can see who has eaten the most different coloured fruit and veg by keeping record on a classroom wallchart! - Click here for simple step-by-step instructions on how to create a rainbow dinner plate.
2. Loaves And Fishes by Mary Green and Julie Stanley
Sing™ Harvest is an autumnal collection of harvest songs that includes everything from giving thanks and sowing seeds to harvest celebrations and juicy fruit.
Loaves And Fishes is an upbeat retelling of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. It’s a great song with a wonderful message making it a perfect teaching resource to help children learn a new story in the Bible.
CRAFT: Whilst learning the story of The Feeding of the 5,000, have students create some fish and bread bunting to make a lovely display in your classroom or hall. They can even use the fish and bread as templates to draw on different scenes from the story! - Click here for simple step-by-step instructions on how to create fish and bread bunting.
3. Thank You For The Sunshine by Mark and Helen Johnson
A Combined Harvest
A Combined Harvest is a definitive bumper crop of 30 harvest and autumn songs - perfect for children in schools and churches.
Thank You For The Sunshine reminds us to be thankful for all sorts of things this harvest time. Clap along to this harvest festival song and learn about tempo and melody in music as the bouncy verses blend into a gentle chorus.
CRAFT: Whilst giving thanks for the sun's warmth and light, create mosaics in the shapes of autumn leaves using warm-coloured tissue paper. Place these mosaics against your windows and watch as the sunbeams change colour and shine into the room. Not only is this a beautiful craft, it’s a great way for children to learn about light, shadow and the changing colours of leaves. - Click here for simple step-by-step instructions on how to create autumn leaf mosaic suncatchers.
4. Harvest Hymn (Give Thanks) by Mark and Helen Johnson
Songs For EVERY Occasion
Songs For EVERY Occasion is a fabulous collection of 15 catchy songs for different occasions throughout the year. This superb songbook includes songs about Christmas and Easter, as well as a couple of fantastic school songs for harvest time.
Harvest Hymn (Give Thanks) is a simple song of thanksgiving in a traditional style, describing the process of growth and all the various elements that make harvest possible.
CRAFT: Whilst students learn the lyrics to this song, encourage them to think about what they’re thankful for this harvest time and create a wonderful Tree of Thanks classroom display. As the weather gets colder, this lovely autumn activity for kids will be sure to warm your heart. - Click here for simple step-by-step instructions on how to create a Tree Of Thanks.
5. Conkers! by Mark and Helen Johnson
Songs For EVERY Season
Songs For EVERY Season is an essential collection of 15 songs to keep you singing all year round. This fantastic songbook captures the wonder of the changing seasons using a wide variety of musical styles.
Conkers! is a fun song that has become a firm favourite with children of all ages everywhere. The joy of conker collecting is recaptured in a crisp and bouncy style, with a melody that you’ll find yourself singing along to long after the conker season is over.
CRAFT: So, what could be better than conkers? Giant conker spiders! Using big polystyrene balls, fuzzy pipe cleaners and a lick of brown paint, create some larger-than-life conker spiders. - Click here for simple step-by-step instructions on how to create a giant conker spider.
We have even more harvest craft ideas available on the Out of the Ark Music Harvest Pinterest board. Why not also click through here to view our Harvest dance videos for the titles My World Harvest and also Sing Harvest which are full of inspiration and tips to make your school Harvest celebration a success.
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