Monday, 10 March 2008

Rhymes and coordination.

Inspired by Jo Rhys-Jones post on Minibeasts, and her suggestion of some suitable French videos on Youtube to support it, I went in search of some Spanish equivalents - then got sidetracked!

Having followed Jo's links to Papillons, (complete with operatic French version of Anything I do, I do it for you), I decided to search for Spanish butterflies - mariposas. I came across a clip of 'Mariposas de Asturias' which is very similar (the music is more relaxing!)

Then my search took me off in a different direction when I came across a video clip called Mariposas Silenciosas. Not about butterflies, but a game that can be played in small groups to improve concentration, coordination, and also provide a bit of calm!


Then I investigated Luis Pescetti further and found more videos that I thought might be interesting. Keeping to the minibeasts theme, how about Cienpies about a centipede-




This is followed by an action rhyme with nonsense words - a bit like Gingangoolie (not sure if that's how you spell it as I've never tried writing it down!) - with simple actions that get faster and faster. Amazing how muddling it can be to do simple actions fast! And here's another - Aiepo - this time, the rhyme is said in different voices depending on the speed, starting as an elephant, very low, and finishes higher!

Another rhyme along a similar vein, but this time with 'proper' Spanish words - in this case a traditional Spanish rhyme - Palmas, higos y castañas.


Also on a minibeast theme, scroll down to the seventh song on this page for La canción de la pulga about a flea that jumps on a dog, bites it and then has a full tummy!

In fact, having found lots of his videos on Youtube, I then went to his website http://www.luispescetti.com/ and discovered lots more too see and do. Words and (very usefully) mp3 files for songs as well as videos and jokes. Well worth investigating. From a quick look, I can see a Spanish version of London Bridge is falling down, as well as Un kilómetro a pie (referred to in a previous post on Active learning) and a lovely song called Mocos about bogies!!

And on that note, I'll leave you to explore for yourself!


2 comments:

Great post on improving your concentration. I am a student and I used to have concentration problems. Affected my grades greatly.I came across this website and thought that I might share it with you. It is at www.attention-deficit-disorder.net

Thanks for your comment Bryan. I'll be checking out those exercises to improve concentration!

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