While I have enjoyed using Boomwhackers® in my senior living sessions, I must give credit where it is due. Shares by Kat Fulton convinced me to make greater use of them. As a result, you’ll find Boomwhackers® included in several session ideas on Music Sparks.
Here are a few ways to have a booming good time with Boomwhackers®.
- Follow where the person or group seems drawn. It they seem more focused on color/pitch/ways to produce sounds then start that direction.
- Allow for spontaneous play.
- Some folks start doing dance moves as if the Boomwhackers® were a cane. Sing or hum a soft shoe or other dance song that fits their moves. And, join in the fun!
- Some folks place an end against their mouth and sing or la into them.While maybe not an ideal use, being in the moment with the client is key.
- Use colors to pair players. This works especially well with intergenerational groups.You can also instruct them to pair with someone playing a color different from their own.
- Cue them to play simple melodies or rhythms in a song.
- Use them as another instrument in a drum circle.
- Use cards to structure play.
- UNO® cards can be used to structure how many times to play and who gets to play next.
- Whack-a-boom cards (*affiliate link) need a little sorting but can again cue various types of play.
Here are a few considerations when using Boomwhackers®.
- Have both treble and bass sets of Boomwhackers®. Some will find longer ones easier to use while other will prefer shorter ones.
- Set tables or empty chairs around for playing the Boomwhackers®.
- Those with hearing loss may have issues hearing the pitches of the Boomwhackers®.
Have a booming good time with Boomwhackers®. If you have other suggestions, please add them to the comments below.