Tot School: Music

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

P & I are music lovers.  Our home & cars are usually filled with anything from Mozart to Marilyn Manson.  & since Reagan's hobbies include singing & banging out a rhythm on anything that stays still long enough, it was no surprise that he was excited for everything that music week brought.

Our musical book selections this week were:

  1. Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. This board book was gifted to us at my baby shower, & it's still a treasured staple in our reading pile.  Poor Gerald the giraffe dreams of dancing, but with his crooked knees & long neck how will he ever learn? 
  2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.  The Pete the Cat series are such great books that teach kids so many life lessons along with being cool & groovy.  In this sing-along book, Pete the cat sings his groovy song about his white shoes....that don't stay white for too long. 
Our extracurricular activity was a Gymboree Play & Music music class.  We recently signed Reagan up for music class once a week during the winter months & he's taken to it like a bee to honey.  This last week they listened to music from the Beatles, played a simple "Love Me Do" chord on the glockenspiel, & danced to Yellow Submarine.

Our house has been filled with Christmas music over the last month, & this previous week I added some Baby Einstein to the Amazon playlist. Reagan has since found a love for Debussy's Clair de Lune. The way his head tilted softly, stilling at the sound of the piano chords is etched into my heart.

Lastly, our STEAM activity had us making homemade, DIY maracas & if you have some plastic spoons, Easter eggs, tape, & rice laying around somewhere in your house, this is so so simple to make & children of all ages LOVE to give these a good shake!

Simply add enough rice to almost fill one half of a plastic Easter egg. Connect the other half of the egg & tape around the seal to make sure it stays closed when being shook. I also put a little bit of tape on the top holes of the egg to keep small bits of rice from escaping.  I used some washi tape I had lying around to give the maracas added zest.  Sandwich the egg between two plastic spoons (like in the above picture) & tape around egg & spoon, & also where the two spoons meet each other towards the bottom to create a handle.  Reagan spent the entire week playing with these, & they didn't cost a penny!

Have you made musical instruments with your children? What kind of music do you & your children like?  Leave a comment to let me know, & remember to follow the Tot School board on Pinterest for more toddler home-school/activity ideas!


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