Cut a 3-inch-wide strip of paper from a grocery bag for each child to use as a headband. Invite children to sponge paint pastel-colored flowers onto their paper strips, to color and glue precut flower shapes onto the bands, or to decorate their headbands with scraps of fabric or ribbon. Staple each decorated headband together. Let children wear their headbands and create a spring dance as you play Tschaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker Suite. You might search YouTube for a video version of the waltz to share with students; see if students can identify any of the instruments that are shown playing.
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Activities by Sue LaBella
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Originally published 05/18/2009
Last updated 04/30/2010