Daily activity 71: Dolly Parton at Glastonbury

June 29, 2020

This week’s theme:

Mysterious News: This Week in History

This week’s colouring in sheet:

Download and print this week’s colouring sheet here.

Fact of the day:

On 29 June 2014, Dolly Parton played the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival for the first time.

Resources list:

Youtube; Lyrics sheet; jar lid or box, elastic bands; sheet or towel; natural bit and pieces like leaves and twigs; paper and pens.

Activity 1:

Dolly Parton has composed over 3,000 songs and has had loads of hit songs such as Here You Come Again, Islands in the Stream, I Will Always Love You, Jolene, Baby I’m Burning, Two Doors Down, Coat of Many Colours, to name a few. But one of her best known songs is ‘9 to 5’.

Can you act out the story of the lyrics by coming up with actions or moves or sounds for the words highlighted here.

Learn some of the BSL signs for the lyrics to the chorus, ‘working’‘earn’‘giving’, ‘mind’, ‘drive’.

Activity 2:

Dolly plays many different instruments, she even uses her nails as an instrument. She wrote the song 9 to 5 with her nails to make the typewriter sound. Try rubbing your nails together to make the sound. What sounds can you make by brushing your nails across different surfaces, try a keyboard, the back of a fork, ridges on packaging, or anything else that you think sounds interesting. Play along to the song with your new percussion instrument.

Dolly also plays the Banjo on songs like ‘Applejack’. Make a banjo of your own with elastic bands on a jar lid or on a box and play along with Dolly!

Activity 3:

During her performance at Glastonbury, Dolly came up with a little rhyming song to describe the weather and conditions.

‘I grew up in the country, so this mud ain’t nothing new to me – and it ain’t nothing to you either,

Mud, mud, mud, mud,

Up to our bums in all this crud.’

Make up own rhyming song about the weather today.

Activity 4:

Dolly has a song called ‘Love is like a Butterfly’ try to ‘flutter your soft wings in flight’ by moving round your room in time to the song, using your arms as wings, or by making yourself some wings by draping a sheet or towel over your shoulders. You could make some multicoloured butterflies from natural items you could find outside.

Activity 5:

If you were putting together a music festival like Glastonbury, who would you like to perform? Create your dream festival line-up and make a colourful, eye-catching Poster for it – what will your festival be called?  Why not take a photo of festival poster and share it with us? You can share it on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Activity 6:

Glastonbury has long been associated with mythology, magic and mystery, and many people, such as pagans and druids, find it to be a spiritual place. Glastonbury Tor is a special hill that has been associated with magic and mystery for thousands of years. Thousands of years ago early man used the Tor for rituals, and maze like path has been identified spiralling around the Tor seven times.

Create a ritual of your own by creating your own spiral maze; create a spiral by walking in a large circle 7 times (without getting dizzy!) to reach the magical Tor. Can you balance natural things (leaves, twigs, berries, moss) on your head as you spiral, to offer to mother nature on arrival at the Tor in the centre of your circle?

Add on Activity:

Watch Dolly play Glastonbury here.