Who has the treasure?


This is a traditional singing game, but we are going to take it a few steps further to connect with our environment and classroom community. We will find beauty and appreciation by discovering and honoring the value of everyday items that may be regularly taken for granted.

Example Sequence

  1. Take three grounding breaths to reset for a new adventure.

  2. Warm up the voice with some simple facial massages, yawns, and vocalizing. The goal should be to sing with comfort and ease.

  3. Inside or outside, start by finding a "treasure" that can be easily held in one hand.

  4. Gather all the treasures.

  5. Re-distribute the treasures in secret, so each person cannot see what they or anyone else was given.

  6. To the tune of "Frère Jacques" (or with a different melody), sing "Who has the _____?"

  7. The person with the _____ sings in response "I have the _____." Repeat until all the treasures are accounted for.

  8. At the end, sing "please let us see" and reveal the treasures.

  9. Make a circle big enough for all the treasures to be assembled within. If you are outside, maybe you can use a stick to draw a circle in the soil.

  10. Assemble the objects into a mandala, with an optional theme such as "recognizing everyday treasures" or "honoring the treasures within."

  11. Upon completion, take a quiet look at the mandala. Turn and talk about what you see, any messages you are able to take away, or anything else you would like to just recognize and honor.

National Core Arts Standards

MU:Pr5.1.5b: Rehearse to refine technical accuracy and expressive qualities to address challenges, and show improvement over time.

MU:Re7.1.5a: Demonstrate and explain, citing evidence, how selected music connects to and is influenced by specific interests, experiences, purposes, or contexts.

MU:Cn11.0.5a: Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.

CASEL Core Competencies

Self-awareness, social awareness