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games for you toddlers.
#1662333 04/18/11 11:52 AM
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What are some good piano and musical influencing games for a child under the age of 2?

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Under two? I like dancing with my kids, really emphasizing the rhythm. I also sing to them a LOT. My two-year-old likes for me to find him two B flats to play, an octave apart, so he can alternate between them while I improvise in the key of B flat. Hahaha. We discovered that one by accident, but he thinks it's great.


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In my toddler classes we do several activities:

clapping to music
stomping
tapping our head, our knees, our nose, our tummy
marching around room to music
(doing the same above activities with different instruments: egg shakers, rhythm sticks, cluster bells)
rolling a ball back and forth while singing
scarf songs (to the tune of London Bridge, sing 'Make your scarf go up and down, up and down, up and down' etc.... then 'side to side', then 'into a hat', 'into a tie', 'like a monkey's tail', etc...)
quiet songs

I also do piano activities, basically to teach 'ready play, ready rest' concepts, black/white keys, and high/low sounds.


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I know that my local Conservatorium has classes for toddlers, but I am not sure what they do, probably what dumdumdoodle suggests. They mention toddlers being immersed in music though dancing, listening and other activities on their website.



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Toddlers can also have some fun with their voices, experimenting with low and high pitch and finding quiet, medium, and loud voices or a monster voice, a sleepy voice, a mad voice, a happy voice or an "I love you" voice.


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Goes without saying - action songs and rhymes. Dingle dangle scarecrow is good for moods, loud and soft. Heads, shoulders knees and toes, wind the bobbin up, this is the way the ladies ride, etc

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The thing that helped me is knowing that little children learn from contrast. Hm, how to say this....2 year olds like activity. If you were to sit him/her down on the bench and say, ok, point to middle C - needless to say, they wouldn't understand. But what they can learn from are things like color & contrasts. e.g. Grab the bright yellow birdy when the music sounds happy and fun (Major keys), and grab the black snake when the music sounds scary or sad (Minor keys). **Make sure the contrast is extreme** if can't sound just a little different, make it extreme! Also show the contrast through the way you move when you play the song. Another example, hit a really low note and say stomp your feet when you hear this note (when you play it, play it numerous times and fast)then hit a high note and tell them to lay down and 'sleep' (When you play this, play it just once or twice, and slowly and relaxed)....they see the contrast. Dark, scary, fast music....stomp your feet.....light, fluffy, high music.....pretent to 'sleep'. Eventually you'll be able to have five or six different notes that sound a lot different, and they'll be able to do the 'motion' you come up with for that note. Whether having it alternate between physical motions, or identifying with the color, they sense and learn by the contrasts. Hope this helps! smile


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