Do you hear what I hear 4

Do you hear the blue - Paint by music


Age: 3 to 6 years
Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Group: 4 to 6 children


  • 2 chiffon cloths for each child
  • 1 sheet of paper for each child (at least A1 format), e.g. wrapping paper
  • Crayons
  • Finger paints
  • 4 to 6 brushes
  • mixed wallpaper paste
  • 2 to 3 blankets
  • Instrumental music


Provide paints, brushes, and sheets of paper along the edge so that the children have enough space around the movement part. Spread blankets on the floor to listen to music. Select three pieces of music. Classical pieces and relaxing music are best. It should definitely be instrumental music, as sung lyrics are distracting. Good examples are Die Moldau by Bedřich Smetana, Mozart's Concerto in C for flute, harp and orchestra (Andantino, Rondo) and Camille Saint-Saëns ’Carnival of the Animals.

Painting according to music: this is how it works

Step 1: listen to music

Depending on the space available, the children look for a comfortable sitting or lying position. Little by little the group comes to rest. Tell the children that they are about to hear very famous music. First, let the children listen to the selected piece of music with their eyes closed. Maybe the music tells a story or describes a mood? Does it always sound the same loud or does the volume change? Which instruments can be recognized? In a subsequent narrative session, the children report on what they have heard.

Step 2: translate music into motion

When you listen to it a second time, the music is transmitted in motion. Every child moves as they want and sets the notes with their whole body
around. The children try to listen carefully and develop flowing or choppy, small or large, heavy or easy movement patterns themselves. They walk or dance the piece, draw circles or waves in the air with their hands and arms. If you want, you can take a chiffon towel in each hand and use it to perform the movements. In this way, the music can even be played while seated, for example if there is little space in the room or a larger group.

Step 3: put music on paper

The children look for a place in the room. Provide them with large sheets of paper as well as colors. Each child chooses the colors they would most like to work with. Both wax crayons and finger paints mixed with wallpaper paste are suitable. Some children may also prefer to work with a paintbrush. Without further instructions, the children now let pens, brushes or hands dance, swing or hop on the paper when they listen to the music again. The better the children manage to empathize with the music, the more their movements and thus the image are determined by how the music is perceived.


Make sure to position the children in the room so that they are not distracted by the sight of their neighbors. Some children prefer to work standing up. To do this, attach the paper to the wall. Some children, on the other hand, paint particularly relaxed when they are crouching or prone on the floor.


The aim of this exercise is not to get a figurative picture, even if there are always children who paint correct pictures. Rather, the children can relax physically and mentally if they engage in their own movements with colored traces.

Step 4: talk about the results

In the subsequent narrative circle, the children have the opportunity to present their picture, explain their choice of color and tell something about their feelings while painting. Those who prefer to be silent shouldn't be pressured to tell the story either.

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