At play with baby: musical instruments

When baby Clara kicks the┬átambourine it goes “jingle, jingle!”

When baby Clara kicks the maraca it goes “shake, shake!”

The rhythm sticks go “tap, tap, tap!”

“Jingle, jingle, shake, shake, tap, tap, tap!”

I wander if Clara can go clap, clap, clap?

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  1. says

    I don’t read as many blogs every day as you, Deborah, but I read a lot and sometimes when I see the word “baby” in the title I skip over it since I don’t have any babies in my life, but I’m soooo glad I read this! The whole concept of a setting up some drums (and other instruments) that are designed to be kicked while lying on your back is exciting to me. I’m now thinking of how I could build something that could take kicking from a 4-year-old!

  2. Leeanne A says

    Hey Tom I was thinking about this too! When I taught at a Karate centre – we had a cultural childrens program – we had a tiko drum group that practiced there – their drums were made out of old rain barrels – and the sticks they used simply looked like large 2 inch dowels. I bet with your skills you could do the same – or something similar and they can definitely be laid down to be kicked – or put in many different positions!

  3. says

    I’m the with Tom, I usually skip baby titled posts…but, now that I’m expecting I’m bookmarking your cute infant activities so when my son comes around, I can do these activities with him. :)

    • says

      LOL – I have always skipped over them too but now that I have a toddler nephew and an infant niece, I am paying attention… And congratulations on the new baby to come! How exciting:)

  4. Jessica says

    Hi Deborah,
    I love your blog! I am doing a teacher training, and was wondering if I could use some of your lesson plans (with credit of course) as examples during our training on age-appropriate and engaging lessons/activities. Would you mind emailing to let me know if that’s alright? jhawley{at}

    Thank you!