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Support your child’s learning in making a musical piece. Promote creative listening activities for creative thinking.


  • Recorded music
  • Found instruments


Identify one or two familiar songs that your child enjoys singing. If you have a recording of the songs played them and sing along with the recording. Then, help your child locate two or three found instruments in the house, such as coffee can shakers*, rubber bands around food storage containers as homemade guitars, etc., to accompany the singing. Encourage active listening by imitating the same rhythmic patterns of the song with the found instruments.

Take it Further

Experiment using empty bottles and water to create sounds. Assist in the process of filling the bottles with water at various levels. Then, try hitting them with a spoon. Each level will produce a different sound. Put different amounts of water in the bottles. Ask her what makes the bottles make different sounds.

*Fill an empty coffee can a third of the way with dried beans. Secure the can’s top and shake your new instrument!

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