M is for Music
Munchky is 33 months
T-Rex is 16 months
This week our focus was on music. The boys had a blast especially Munchky who loves everything having to do with music. The boys had fun playing on their instruments - thanks to the home's previous owners who left a bunch behind!
This week we played "I Love a Parade" CD and Munchky had fun marching around the pole in our tot room.
Munchky already knew a lot of instrument names from Baby Einstein's "Meet the Orchestra" DVD. But thanks to these instrument cards from Counting Coconuts, he has been introduced to new instruments. For the past couple of weeks I have been
Here he is playing a matching game with them
.T-Rex also enjoyed looking at them and trying to say their names. He is really trying to speak now and is so much fun hearing (and deciphering) his new words.
I made these rhythm counting cards to introduce Munchky to the idea of counting beats. (note: I did not drill him on these) We would pull a card out from a bag and then count the beats on the card. We did this by clapping, stomping our feet, slapping our knees and jumping..
I made these music pre-writing sheets to practice lines and circles and introduce him to the concept that notes have names.
We also worked on these piano size sequencing cards.
The Mad Stacker strikes again. This week T-Rex found new things to stack.
M do-a-dot page from COAH, T-Rex collected the caps and stacked them. He eventually got 5 caps on (he kept bending over to get a cap off the floor and the ones stacked would fall off). It was quite comical but he never gave up!
After he was done stacking, T-Rex found another use for the caps. He went over` to the pound a ball and dropped the caps in the holes and watched them roll down (so much easier than hammering those balls). Pretty soon his brother joined in.
One of Munchky's favorite activities - painting!
With this music craft, we talked about the different shapes and how they are used to make music and how were they are placed represents different sounds. And of course he had fun gluing!
We did a transfer activity with glass pebbles and glass jars. This was a big hit with both boys, they played with it for about 15-30 minutes each day. We had a small, medium and large jar and I demonstrated how each held different amounts of pebbles and how each had a different sound. Of course they just loved dropping, pouring and sometimes throwing the pebbles and loved the clanking sounds.
T-Rex loved this colander activity that I saw on a few other moms' blogs (sorry I didn't write down which).
Another big hit in our house is
The boys really loved listening to music this week during tot school and especially enjoyed the Peter and the Wolf book and CD.
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