At the Active Baby Stage (9 -18 months), movement is actually one of the best ways your child can learn about himself and the world around him.
Today’s fun Playtime Tip is the Shake It Up, Baby!
Introduce your toddler to new sounds and rhythms by making percussion instruments!
Fill small plastic bottles with rice, dried beans or coins. Close the lids tightly and seal them with tape to prevent spillage. Remember that items under 1 ¾ inches or 4.5 cm in diameter are choking hazards.
Begin by shaking each instrument, then pass it to your toddler, commenting on the unique sounds it makes.
Play a selection of familiar songs with different tempos and encourage your child to make music and move their bodies to the beat!
Skills: Creative movement, Listening Skills, Rhythm Exploration and Sensory Exploration.
SOURCE: • Dr. Masi, W.S (2004). Gymboree Toddler Play: 100 fun-filled activities for you & your toddler to enjoy. California. Weldon Owen Inc.