Musicaliti Babies is planned for children from 0-2 years old. We use child development research to plan songs and activities that little ones will love!
For example, while they are only listening or beginning to talk, instructions are given for adults. Their interest, surprise, and enjoyment guides the class song, game or activity choices.
Babies spend a lot of time watching and looking, taking in the important people and activities around them. Through this, they learn cause and effect, patterns of work, successful interaction and problem solving. At Musicaliti we know this, so we suggest ways to play using songs and games. Sharing and tapping, rocking and humming – all these experiences show our little ones how to care, trust, and support people that we love.
Instruments used in babies’ sessions are often used all the way through preschool settings, sometimes requiring more attention or assistance than others.
- Egg shakers are the number one favourite because of the fantastic shape, perfect for gripping!
- Jingle bells are the next favourite for the way they sound and can be held (and chewed!).
- Sticks/claves come in third for banging and tapping.
- Small sandblocks come in fourth, as they are a little harder to co-ordinate. We have found that character instruments initially attract interest, but once they have been used in their “proper” context, less specific instruments seem to hold attention longer because they can be used in so many more ways!
- Multi-instrument boxes (triangles, tambourines, cabasas, guiros, monkey drums, wood blocks) and pass-around instruments (large drums, xylophones, ukuleles) encourage exploration and investigation. Click here to link to our instrument shop!
- Sitting and swaying in a circle turns into holding hands and walking in a circle
- Eyes following movement turns into copying actions
- When leaving out the last line of a song, surprise turns into a vocal response
- Shaking instruments turns into tapping and beating instruments
- Pointing at objects turns into pointing at body parts and actions
- Rolling over turns into walking together in pairs and then in a line
- Recognising crotchet beats turns into recognising crotchet (quarter note) and quaver (eighth note) beats
- Recognising and imitating songs with minor third notes turns into recognising and imitating songs with perfect fifth notes
- Bouncing to the beat turns into jumping and tapping body parts to the beat
- Clapping hands turns into stamping feet and flicking fingers
- Children recognising and reproducing 3-5 full songs turns into reproducing 11-20 songs
- Music sessions with familiar people can continue for 10 minutes at a time, turning into 15 minutes at a time
And, fantastically, this experience lays the foundation for later musical interest and instrumental music grades!