The music therapist at our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” Rositsa Nikolova shows us how to use everyday tools to stimulate the development of speech, communication, and concentration of children at home.
Hello children and parents!
Despite the situation, I would really like to be by your side and provide you every week with an activity related to the motor and emotional development of the children. I will briefly describe those activities, and how they help the child’s development. Thus, while having fun with your child at home, you will keep developing some of the activities, proposed by me.
The first activity is to find tools that we can use as musical instruments. You can open your imagination. Your kitchen is full of them. Saucepans can become drums, wooden spoons – sticks, metals spoons – castanets, small plastic boxes – maracas. Your fantasy can reveal to you a wide range of sources of sound. Thus, through the game, your children study those sounds, and this will help their concentration and fantasy. The attempts to recreate the sounds develop the work of soft and general motor skills.
Thus, turning everyday tools into music instruments, you can help:
Communication – enriching the active dictionary
- The adult names tools and the children repeat them (in this case it includes naming the tools that you use to create music instruments)
- The child understands two keywords in the concrete situation. For example: Tap the saucepan
- Understanding different verbs: play, tap, knock.
- Focusing on concrete activity with the assistance of the adult. The adult directs the attention of the child to the things that require attention.
- The adult follows the understanding of what the child is told. Use words and phrases that are directly related to the activity.
- To develop the skills for naming an object
- To learn words that express emotion
- To imitate the sounds they hear: tap-tap, knock-knock, ect.
2. Social interaction
- The child participates alongside the adult in the concrete activity
- The child learns to share attention with the adult – they are both focused on the same activity
- The child learns to take and hand objects from and to the adult
- The child imitates the adults’ actions. For instance, show them how to tap on the improvised drums, how to fill the box with beans, and so on.
- The child is making eye contact. Provoke their interest through recreating the sounds of the instruments
3. Cognitive development:
- While creating and playing the child develops new motor schemes related to the general and fine motor skills
- The child tries to fulfill the tasks on their own
- The child directs its attention away from the adults’ activity
I wish you creative and funny moments with your child!
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