“It’s raining!” “It’s raining!”announces C. Seals as he bounces into the music room. The heavy rain pours on the roofs of The Parish School and students quickly run inside to stay dry. It is another stormy day in Houston, TX with dark clouds, lightning, and occasional thunder. With the dark mood, I am inspired to use glow-in-the-dark egg shakers! Even with all the lights turned off, some of the daylight shines through the window into my music room. The room is not dark enough for the eggs to glow. Thus, I set up a yoga mat with pillows in the costume closet for students to sit on while we shake the glow-in-the-dark eggs. I sing the “Hide and Shake” song, instructing students to shake their eggs and hide it. Click here to learn more about the song.
In the dark closet, it is perfect to watch eggs shake and disappear as students hide them. For some students, they are really brave to sit in the dark and trust that they are safe with their teachers and classmates. For other students, it is so much fun to be in the dark and play with unique egg shakers! It is a special instrument for a rainy day. Having a small closet space, I have only used the glow-in-the-dark eggs with preschoolers: Seals, Kangaroos, All-Stars on dark stormy days. With the howling wind and gray rain clouds, it feels just right to brighten up the day with fun glowing egg shakers.