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Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Grab those headphones and play some music that invokes different emotions!

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Objective

During this uneasy time, our primary goal is: Keeping Kids Connected. Research shows us that social connection is the most powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. We are committed to helping bring positivity, fun, and friendship to kids around the globe.

In addition to offering regular live lessons in our virtual URSTRONG Classroom, we have curated a collection of friendship-themed activities for kids to do at home.


We know the benefits of exercise on our body to help regulate our emotions, but equally, music and art have their place in helping us to release and find calm.

According to research, music stimulates brain chemicals including dopamine, referred to as the brain’s motivation molecule.  Researchers from Harvard Health state that, “creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication and help arrest cognitive decline.”

By playing different genres of music, we can see different artistic responses emerge and get a snapshot of how our kids are feeling. This is a powerful lesson for kids as they notice that their feelings change.

Key Outcome

Your child will engage in a multi-sensory experience to connect with their emotions.

Materials

  • Listen to this fabulous playlist on YouTube for some inspiration and to access a technicolor world of sound.
  • Add some depth to your music and art integration from this site, the Artful Parent.
  • Pens, pencils, paint, charcoal.

Note: We recommend limiting the art materials so that your child can focus on the music and not be distracted by what colour to use next!

Instructions

  1. Listen first. Your child should close their eyes and listen to the sounds.  Ask, “What does it make you feel?”
  2. Play music again, this time with the crayon, charcoal or black line marker at the ready.
  3. Feeling brave? Encourage your child to close their eyes and let their pen do its own thing on the paper while listening! They’ll be amazed when opening their eyes at the end.
  4. If your child is young, get them share the words and feelings that they expressed in their artwork. Write it down for them. If your child is older, encourage them to journal their feelings.
  5. Try different types of music and reflect on the following questions with your child:
    • What happens to your art?
    • How does it make your feel this time?
    • What emotions are you experiencing?

Next Steps

Consider reading this storybook, “Perfectly Norman”, to your child reminding them that being different + feeling different emotions are perfectly normal.