I kept the animal theme going with a review of Johnny Didn't Have Any Breakfast and afterwards took an animal-themed boat ride with Row Row Row Row Your Boat, seeing crocodiles and tigers along the way. Keeping things moving with The Wheels On The Bus, I Wake Up My Hands, Shake Your Sillies Out and Zoom Zoom Zoom took some effort on my part, due to the lack of participation and discipline from the grownups (who seemed slightly distracted today,) but I was able to get everyone refocused with one of my favourite activities, Rolling The Ball. They did such a good job that I then brought out the Bean Bag and we practiced keeping the beat as we shared with our neighbour.
It was time for the instrument of the week, and I brought out the Gong with much fanfare. I found an amazing recording of the Chinese Orchestra that I used as background music to set the mood. As we passed the instrument around I had one mom exclaim, "This is so relaxing!" It was music to my ears! After a couple over-zealous gong players decided that it would be a good idea to play the gong as loud as possible, we put it away and brought out the big bag of instruments.