The Sea Lions Lullaby

The children discover their musical preferences and discuss the importance of respecting everyone’s individual tastes.

Musical concept  :  Harmony Consonance / Dissonance


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Emotional : Recognizes their own personal characteristics and regulates their own emotions


  • Social : Makes contact with other children Resolves conflicts
  • Cognitive : Uses their own
    reasoning skills


  • Language : Expresses themself in different ways


  • Physical and motor : Explores their sensory perceptions


Prerequisites :  Completion of the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Sea Lions module.

Necessary material

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


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


Music to listen to online or to download

Relaxing consonant music :

Claude Debussy, Clair de lune, performed by Valérie

Relaxing dissonant music :

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question, performed by Ensemble Caprice

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to help the sea lions install their nightlight to help them get a good night’s sleep.”


1. Revisit the concept of consonant and dissonant harmony.

2. Play the second game in the World of Sea Lions module with the children.

3. During the game, ask the children to think about the type of music they would like to hear to help them go to sleep.

4. Encourage a discussion with the children :

To think about their personal tastes and preferences, the diversity of each person’s interests, and respect for difference : “What kind of music do you think the sea lions like to help them go off to sleep? Consonant or dissonant music?”                                                                                                                                 “Is it music that sounds odd to your ears?”

5. Listen to the two pieces of music suggested in the music section.

6. Ask the children to indicate the one that they feel would be the best to help them go to sleep and explain why (in groups or pairs).

To go further

Teach them Brahms’ Lullaby (“Lullaby and good night…”) and listen to a version for string orchestra:

Johannes Brahms, Wiegenlied Op. 49, No. 4, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Play the third game in the Mazaam app’s World of Sea Lions module and do module 015 – The Sea Lions’ Jewels.