The sitting, early crawling stage is such fun for babies and parents! It is a time of exploration, discovery, and enlightenment. We so enjoyed this stage with our first one but with time constraints couldn’t write it down and save it. That is why I am so excited to be able to record the baby play activities we are doing with our W.
I love having some one on one time with her and being intentional about the brief quiet moments we have together. So, while her big sister is napping we PLAY! She develops, learns and has lots of fun (Oh, and I guess I do too!).
Here is how we first explored sound together:
I collected a bunch of noise-making toys and put them in a bright red bin for W to explore as she saw fit. I placed them in front of her and started to talk and play with her, helping her to discover each item and make connections to vocabulary words.
We had some red and blue maracas, a yellow tambourine, and some pink and green castanets. Though I did not focus on the colors in talking with W, I know she is learning color awareness, just by virtue of their variety.
We introduced vocabulary like, “hear,” “shake,” “sound,” “music,” and “listen.”
We also sang songs while shaking the various instruments. We sang songs like, “Baa, Baa Black Sheep,” “If Your Happy and You Know It (with “shake your hand” as one of the indicators of happiness), and “Shake, Shake, Shake.”
W explored the bin and the instruments for quite some time each day and discovered an instrument of her own. She turned over the bin and discovered she could make sound by striking the bottom of it like a drum! What a wonderful sound!
Of course one of the easiest ways for us to explore sound is through clapping. We demonstrate clapping to W by clapping three times whilst saying, “Clap. Clap. Clap.” It delights and amuses her and I can just see her wanting so badly to clap. She is currently clapping by slapping her hands on her legs, so she is getting there! For the time being though, she is perfectly content to taste test all the items we place in front of her and report back her findings!