Monday, September 8, 2008


Kids (well, some of them) have rhythm at a very young age.
For example, here's Aidan - age 12 months - bum dancing at a wedding to rhythm of provided by Mary Beth using two plastic cups on a banquet table. Hey, make music with whatever you've got.

So, get out two wooden spoons (or anything unbreakable). Hand one to your kid and use the other one yourself. Two metal spoons each to whack together also sound great. So do pan lids for that matter, and they have handy little handles. Here are Karen and Steve - in Grandpa Roly's favorite photo from 1983 - having a good old time.

Put on some good music - like Leroy Anderson's "Syncopated Clock" - and start tapping.

Sandra Boynton cd's are also great music for this.

Low tables, floors, bottoms of pans or plastic tubs are all great to tap on.

100 Learning Cards

In 1975, my mom, LaFawn Holt, published a set of 100 5x7 cards, each with a creative activity to do with your kids.

Each post on this blog will feature one of those ideas and perhaps a photo or memory of how I used it with my own kids.

Feel free to use these ideas in your own home or in a preschool or church nursery, but please do not republish or sell them without my permission.

PS: Happy Birthday, Heather!