The Sea Lions’ Jewels

The children learn how to recognize the difference between consonant and dissonant sounds by using pearls to explore the concept of harmony.

Musical concept : Harmony  Consonance / Dissonance


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Cognitive : Draws on their
    own capacity for attention and memory and explores numerical and spatial skills


  • Physical and motor : Uses fine motor skills
  • Emotional : Engages in positive experiences


  • Language : Demonstrates
    phonological awareness


  • Social : Participates in group activities


Prerequisites : Completion of modules 014 : The Sea Lions’ Lullaby or the first two games of the Mazaam app’s World of Sea Lions module. 

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone


  • For each child, a piece of string or wool for stringing pearls


  • For each child, 10 pink pearls and 10 mauve ones


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Sea Lions (harmony) module


Lesson plan

Setting the scene

Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to help Mazaam’s sea lions make a magnificent necklace.”


1. Go over the concept of harmony by distinguishing between consonant and dissonant sounds.

2. Give a piece of string and some pearls to each child.

3. Play the third game in the World of Sea Lions module with the children.

Depending on the level of the class, either as a group or individually, identify the musical piece that is different from among those presented.                                                                                          

  • If the harmony of the different piece is consonant, the child strings a pink pearl.


  • If the harmony of the different piece is dissonant, the child strings a mauve pearl.

4. At the end of the game, compare the necklaces and count the number of consonant and dissonant pieces of music heard.

To go further

Play the game again using other colours of pearls or the third game of one or more of the Mazaam app’s other modules.

Play the third game of the Mazaam app’s World of Squirrels module with the children.