Schools are closing. Restaurants are closing. But there’s a silver lining! You can make de-stressing, beneficial musical moments at home with your family.
Here are some suggestions on how to keep those little ones busy and how to make the time you spend together meaningful.
1. Turn on Some Gentle Music and Blow Bubbles
Blowing bubbles is one of the cheapest forms of childhood entertainment, and you can even sneak in some music appreciation benefit by playing some classical music during the activity. We suggest selections by J.S. Bach or Mozart. By the way, a bubble wand with more than one hole is the secret to a better bubble-blowing experience
2. Color to Music with Sidewalk Chalk
Want a no-mess activity that also gets your child’s creative juices flowing? Give your child some sidewalk chalk and offer the canvas of your driveway. Add a variety of music for fresh inspiration and enjoy watching your little artist go to work.
3. Use Painter’s Tape to Create Roads and Pathways
Hum along as you drive small cars around tape-defined roads or dance and move around paths marked by painter’s tape. The fun will be in deciding where to put the tape down, and the learning comes as you sing and label with movement words.
4. Make a Homemade Instrument . . . or Two!
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How to Make a Homemade Guitar
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How to Make Bottle Top Castanets
5. Start Your Own Marching Band
Grab your homemade instrument, turn on some marching music, and have a parade through the house… and back around again!
6. Play a Musical Alphabet Chairs Game
This is a fun educational twist on a classic childhood game that combines moving, listening to music, stopping on cue, and identifying letters of the alphabet. Perfect for when it’s too hot or yucky to be outside!
7. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!
Put on some homemade ankle bells and dance, dance, dance! This is a great activity for indoors or outdoors. You can even help your child experiment with different kinds of music for all kinds of creative movement ideas.
-Reposted from Kindermusik International