Soundscaping Source: Sample Musical Game

* Kansas City clients will be able to check out the musical equipment needed to play this game.

Name That Flower

Do you have any gardeners in your group? This game will help to get memories going about gardening and spending time outdoors.

This game does require that you sing (a little) to provide the clues that will help your group members guess the answers. This does not require a voice worthy for Carnegie Hall, so feel free to sing out! If you do feel too nervous to sing in front of your group, you can always download instrumental versions of the songs.

How to Play: 

  1. Arrange the group in a circle so that everyone can see and hear you.
  2. Say, “We’re going to play Name That Tune, with a twist. I’ll sing (or play) the melody, and you tell me what kind of flower the song mentions.”
  3. Sing each song on “la la la” until participants guess the flower correctly. If they need extra help, sing the words surrounding the name of the flower (e.g. “when you wore a (big pause)” – they’ll shout out, “tulip!”)
  4. For extra prompts, include songs that have plants, weeds, or trees, too!

 Flower Songs:

  • Daisy Bell (Daisy)
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas (Yellow Rose)
  • I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch (Petunia and Onion)
  • Mairzy Doats (Oats and Ivy)
  • My Wild Irish Rose (Rose)
  • When You Wore a Tulip (Yellow Tulip and Red Rose)
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips (Tulips)
  • Back in the Saddle (Jimson Weed)
  • Build Me Up Buttercup (Buttercup)
  • Don’t Fence Me In (Cottonwood Tree)
  • The Green, Green Grass of Home (Grass)
  • Tumbling Tumbleweed (Tumbleweed)
  • April Showers (Violets, Daffodils)
  • Edelweiss (Edelweiss)
  • Mockingbird Hill (Roses)
  • Wildwood Flower (Red Roses, Lilies, Myrtle, Amanita)

Variations:

  • Prompt the group by playing a recording of the song or playing the melody on a piano.
  • Show the group photos of each flower.
  • Sing the entire song once participants guess the correct flower.
  • Start by showing pictures of particular flowers and asking group members to identify the flower and name a song to go with it.

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