Preparation: Any musical instrument.
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours
Toddlers (Todds) love music in all possible forms. Be it rhymes, songs, xylophones, piano, drums or just banging the floor with a stick or spoon, they surely have a musical inclination.
This activity uses this interest of theirs to help them learn numbers and patterns and thereby creating their first music compilation. So, let the Mozart count!
I have used “Zen Zula” also known as the thumb piano with my Todd. It is a very compact and can be easily held by Todds. Also, it has about nine strings which are all easily reachable to be strung.
In the below slideshow, you can see my Todd has played the string numbers- 5-6-7-8-9
Slowly you can add patterns and rhythm by changing your counts to something like this 464-464-464-345.
The above count roughly gives the background music (BGM) for the song “Shape of you”
The Zen Zula was just an example, this works also with the xylophones, piano, keyboard or even the drums.
For the drums, you can do the count activity by asking your Todd to use fingers instead of the sticks. The sticks can be used for the pattern activity.
If you get a hang of the Jal-tarang, then do try it out too.
Please do share in your Todds experience.