I try to give young students the opportunity to create and play music each class. It starts off very simple and becomes more challenging as they develop their music skills. This is the last very structured creation activity I do with them before loosening the reigns and allowing them to compose their own quarter note melody.
Our focus is to get them to be able to notate a repeating pattern in 4 through the use of boomwhacker colors. I also have them create their own lyrics by finishing the sentence stem. They love the fact this song is about them, well at least something they are wearing. Check out a solo performance here.