5 Homemade Musical Instruments for Kids

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Musical instruments add fun and excitement to music time. Sing, dance and chant with these 5 homemade musical instruments for kids.

  1. Cardboard Castanets. Glue buttons onto a piece of folded cardboard to make your own castanets. From Whimsy Love.
  2. Easter Egg Maracas. Use your leftover plastic Easter eggs to make maracas by taping a rice filled egg between two plastic spoons. From Dana Made It.
  3. Music Stick. Nail bottle caps onto a stick and make a fun shaker. From Picklebums. 
  4. Tissue Box Guitar. Stretch rubber bands around a tissue box to make a guitar. From Easy Preschool Craft.
  5. Drums. Make a simple drum by stapling together two paper bowls. From Fantastic Fun and Learning.
I love comments! Let me know how these activities go for you.

Teaching Patience: How to Help Children Wait

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I started this post before Baby B was born. He’ll be 6 weeks old tomorrow and I’m finally getting back to it. =)

Here I am at 40 weeks, 5 days preggo and counting! My little boy is apparently quite cozy where he is, unaware of how anxious his daddy and I are to meet him.

While I’ve been told to be patient, enjoy the time and rest while I can, it’s not always so easy. Patience is a tricky thing when faced with an unpredictable wait. If it’s this hard for me (a grownup) to be patient, how must it be for children?

Toddlers and preschoolers are just beginning to learn about self control and patience – important life skills that many adults haven’t yet mastered. So, what’s a parent to do when their 2-year-old is having a hard time waiting for breakfast or wants to run around rather than wait in line at the bank? How can we support children when they need to be patient and wait?

Have Realistic Expectations

As a parent, you know your child’s limits better than anyone. Is it getting close to lunch or nap time? Has your active child had enough time to run around today? Your child’s mood, temperament and comfort level affect how successfully she can wait. Keep these things in mind when planning your day.

Acknowledge Feelings

Say something like, “We’ve been waiting a long time. Sometimes it’s really hard to wait.” Or, “I can see that you are very hungry and you’re having hard time waiting for me to finish making lunch.” Simply acknowledging your child’s feeling can help him feel better. Follow up with one of the tactics below to help him cope.

Explain Time in a Concrete Way

Time is an elusive concept for children – and some adults! Explaining time in a concrete way can help kids understand how long they must wait. For example, help your child count down the number of bedtimes left before the special day. Or, count the number of kids in line for the swing. Understanding when the waiting will end may make it a little bit easier.

Set Up for Success

Come prepared. Bring snacks, water, a book and a toy while you’re out and about. Consider keeping a couple of special things in your bag that only come out during times that your child is getting antsy in public.

Interact

If you’re waiting too, use the time to bond with your child.

  • Have a conversation.
  • Play peek-a-boo.
  • Whisper secrets to each other.
  • Play a quiet game of I Spy.
  • Give your child a simple task (counting how many types of fruit are in the shopping cart, for example).
  • Offer a paper, bank deposit slip or a piece of junk mail to doodle on (preschoolers love credit card offers).

Take a Deep Breath

While these ideas can help, there will inevitably be times when your child is just having a hard time waiting. In those cases, take a deep breath. Remember, we all have trouble being patient sometimes. Like me – right now….

What tricks do you use to help your child wait patiently?

 

Baby B is Here!

It’s been mighty quiet at SingDancePlayLearn lately – and for good reason! After 41 weeks & 2 days (including 60 hours of labor – yikes!) Baby B is finally here!

Before he was born, I heard a lot of things like “You’re so prepared!” and “You’ll be great – you have so much experience already.” It’s true – I do have a lot of practical skills when it comes to caring for children. What I couldn’t prepare for were the intense emotions that come with caring for my own child.

Sometimes I look at him and just start to cry. Sometimes I can’t believe that he’s 6 days old already and wish time would slow down – I want to revel in each moment. Sometimes I wish I could just sleep and have my body feel normal again – or at the very least find a diaper that doesn’t leak. Each and every moment, I feel incredibly grateful and blessed to have my little boy in my life.

While things might continue to be quiet around the blog while my hubby and I enjoy our babymoon, I look forward to sharing more about Baby B, creative activities for kids (and babies!) and my transition into motherhood soon.

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