I love musical play with babies – they take to it so readily! Today, we struck up a band for Veronika as a family, using two types of instruments: real ones that we’ve accumulated over the years, and some improvised ones, too.
Because what is a pot and spoon if not a drum?
Or a rolled piece of paper if not a horn? Big brother Travis loved the way this one sounded.
We got jamming and handed Veronika instruments to play, too.
Travis found a new way to play on this pot – with a kazoo as the mallet!
Then we shifted our focus from playing the instruments to dancing to some tunes.
Wiggling is such a funny thing for babies both to see and feel. Set your music player to Music Together’s “Wiggle” and, well, wiggle! I wiggled my fingers, my arms, my legs.
Travis got into the moves wiggling his whole body.
By the time we wiggled Veronika’s own toes and fingers, she was giggling with delight. Wiggle your hands all over baby’s body, too, for more giggles.
Don’t forget to just pick up your baby and get your whole bodies into the rhythm. We danced from room to room.
Now that she’s older, the dance moves can be more active than those with a newborn; we went up and down, spun around, stepped back and forth, you name it. Dance it up!