Activity 3.6

child

Musical games

Games help your toddler understand they can communicate and relate in different ways with people. Make games more fun by using a surprised tone and fun in your voice. Some games to try:

  • Collecting three household objects or toys that make different noises. Show them to your toddler and let them make the noises with each one. Ask your toddler to close their eyes and use one of the objects to make a noise. Ask your toddler to open their eyes and guess which object made the noise. Your toddler may like to try to make the noise, while you guess
  • Singing familiar songs like “The Wheels on the Bus” using your toddler’s name
  • Making up songs about food as you prepare it
  • Drawing a face on your index finger and singing to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:
    Harry Hush says
    ‘Please be quiet,
    Please be quiet,
    Please be quiet’
    Harry Hush says
    ‘Please be quiet’
    Ssh! Ssh! Ssh! (place Harry over your lips)
    Sing again in a whisper

Playing some music and try to move like animals together, making animal noises, try a:

  • Snake
  • Frog
  • Dog
  • Kookaburra

Playing this game to help your toddler break words into smaller parts:

  • Say your toddler’s name. Clap for each syllable. (Ja-cob has two claps, while A-mel-ia has three claps.) Help your toddler clap other family names, or familiar words such as ‘ap-ple’, ‘straw-ber-ry’ or ‘wat-er-mel-on’