Tradoodle Festival and Ceol Connected are delighted to collaborate with visual artist Orla Kelly and the Holy Family School in Cootehill to produce Sensory Songs: TREEHOUSE – a series of multisensory musical gift packages for children who attend the Special Care classes at the school.
Sensory Songs:TREEHOUSE is a multisensory music experience where the music, finger puppets, and multisensory props are there for children with complex needs to engage with again and again in a guided way. Ultimately however, the interaction can be reinvented each time they listen to the accompanying music and engage with the sensory objects.
About the Sensory Songs: TREEHOUSE gift package
Created by visual artist Orla Kelly, our collection of textured and multi-use objects are created almost entirely from natural materials; wool, wood and cotton. Their textures are soft, hard, squishy, crackly, round and bumpy.
There are essentially four parts to this textured, musical theatre in a bag.
The first is the beautiful caterpillar who lives in a soft textured snuggly leaf. The caterpillar is a series of felt balls that can be manipulated between the fingers. When the caterpillar emerges from the leaf we can attach its crackly wings before it takes flight.
The second is our own treehouse which we build. We can also transform it into a castle or a rocket! Our treehouse is a hand puppet with squishy filling soft enough to be a pillow. The crown of the tree has leaves, some smooth and some rough. When the tree top is removed, attached by easy on and off Velcro dots, we can add the felt turret to make our treehouse become a castle, or attach some fiery flames so we can blast off into outer space with our tree house rocket.
The third part works wonderfully well in dark light. The torch can make a wonderful point of light on the white night sky fabric. If we add our hands we can make hand shadows. When we place the hard and scented wooden cutouts in front of the light we can make shadows from our bird, tree and magical butterfly.
The fourth part is the magical music that accompanies each of these Treehouse objects to simply play and explore while you listen or use the words of the songs to create theatrical actions together
This element of our Tradoodle Festival programme is funded by Cavan County Council through the Creative Cavan Programme.