Music is a wonderful thing that can be soothing at any age. When it comes to sensory play, music can be used in a variety of ways to help your child further understand the world around them.
For example, singing to your baby and doing finger plays helps your child develop rhythm and vocabulary. Today we will focus on 2 and 3 year olds and their need for music and movement simultaneously.
This activity will use a variety of senses including touch, sound, speech, and sight, which will make the play fun as well as educational.
For this activity you will need:
~A device to play music on, such as a phone, CD player, etc.
I suggest Raffi, The Laurie Berkner Band, or if you are looking for more music video songs Praise Party by Yancy is fantastic!
~Instruments-you can always use pots, pans, and spoons as well or here is a set I like from Melissa and Doug
~An open space
You will want to have all your materials together before you tell your toddler what you are doing so they don’t get distracted. Have them stand in the middle of the room and turn on 2 or 3 of your/their favorite songs. (Or more if they like it!) Have the instruments out so they can play with them as you
Some of the ones I like to do:
We Are The Dinosaurs– The Laurie Berkner Band
For this one you can march around like dinosaurs and pretend to be a big dinosaur or a little dinosaur! Littles have a great time making big dinosaur roars as well!
Fast And Slow (The Rabbit And The Turtle)– The Laurie Berkner Band
This song goes back and forth between fast and slow, which helps your toddler understand opposites. When you are talking about the turtle walk, dance, and skip very slow, and when you are talking about the rabbit run, dance, and skip really fast!
Junior Ragtime– Raffi
I love this as a way to introduce fun styles of music that kids do not usually hear and it is so fun to dance to! Maybe you can teach your little how to do the Charleston!
Shake My Sillies Out– Raffi
I use this in almost every class I teach to toddlers because it is a great way to get them moving and then settled down right before you start talking about something else.
This is a great activity to do to get your child moving, get that little extra energy out, or a fun thing to do inside on a rainy or snowy day!
What songs did you use? What part of this activity did your child like best?
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