After we read this book, I saw these cute (and easy) Jingle Bell ribbon shakers at Little Wonders' Days and I knew we had to try them out.
I used scraps of ribbon but if you want yours to be fancier you could buy Christmas ribbon.
I did buy a bag of jingle bells and I just sewed them to the bottom of each piece of ribbon.
Many skills can be learned from creating homemade instruments and singing with them.
- Music promotes listening skills. Developing listening skills is a preparatory activitiy in developing phonological awareness. Ask your child to listen as various instruments play. Do they sound high or low? Soft or quiet? Same or different?
- Singing songs promotes memory. It is doubtful that a 2 year old would memorize an entire book like this Jingle Bells book. However, put it to music and most 2 year olds have it down. Memorizing text is a great way to begin to "read".
- Singing songs promotes language acquisition. My boys were introduced to vocabulary such as bells, sleigh, snow.
- Singing songs promotes rhyming. Children who hear and learn rhyming text will be more successful when they begin to learn to read.
- Shaking the bells provides gross motor practice. You might want to add a little dancing with your musical instrument, too!
- Music bonds children and adults. Ever changed a dirty diaper with a fussy baby?? Then you know what I'm talking about. I song can get that screaming, wiggly baby to hold still for a while.
I am linking this up:
NurtureStore Carnival of Junk Play