Today’s story day is about music and dance. Have you ever noticed that music can sometimes sound like it’s telling us a story? Both through the words AND the sounds. If music is slow, it might be telling us something that Is…? If music is fast, it might be telling us something that is…? It also makes us feel those things when we hear it. Dancing too – when we dance, we tell stories with our bodies and movements. In fact, before you could speak, the sounds you made were really like music. And the movements you made were kind of like dances. It’s a way to communicate, to say what you are thinking and feeling – and to share those moods and feelings with others so that maybe when you hear a happy song, you will also feel happy. Now is the time to whip out any instruments you have at home and have a jam sesh.
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Freeze Dance/Musical Statues: Blast some of your preschooler's favorite tunes (and some of your own!) and dance away! Then yell "freeze!" and stop the music. See what funny positions everyone winds up in. How long can you hold them?
Not so active, more an extra idea: At bath time, encourage your kids to experiment with the acoustics in the bathroom. What happens when you open or close the shower curtain or door? What sounds do their toys make when they plop in the water - the same, different? If you're willing: can they sing louder than the running water
Go on a sound hunt: on your walk, kid/s can point out the sounds they hear. Can you chase the sound?