This simple activity helps improve listening skills, as your child will be required to discriminate between sound and silence. It also offers a great opportunity for self-expression and to practice self-regulation!
What You Need:
- CD player
- Recordings of songs that inspire a variety of movements
- Ribbon streamers, chiffon scarves, or hula hoops (optional)
What You Do:
- Invite your child to move around (dancing, hopping, skipping, running) while the music is playing and to freeze into a statue when the music stops.
- Tell him to remain like a statue until the music starts again.
- Randomly stop and start the music by pressing and releasing the pause button on your CD player. Surprise your child by varying the amount of time you play and pause the music.
- You can also give your child a streamer, scarf, or hoop to manipulate as the music is playing!
Using a different style of music (a march, a waltz, an orchestral piece) every time you play the game, or during each game, will give your child to experience a variety of musical elements. You’ll also be amazed at how it changes her movements!
Rae Pica is a children's physical activity specialist and the author of A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child (Da Capo Press, 2006) and Great Games for Young Children (Gryphon House, 2006).