Rhythm Sticks

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These easy DIY rhythm sticks lend themselves to so many games, musical and otherwise! To make a few simple pairs, I purchased dowels at the craft store and painted each set a different color. For starters we had blue and purple, but keep adding to your collection for lots of colors if desired.

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Once the paint dried, I showed Veronika a few easy ways to play with them. First I simply encouraged her to tap the sticks while I hummed a song.

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Then I held out one of the sticks from my pair so she could tap against mine. This is almost like rhythm stick Patty Cake.

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We put on music and just played along, of course!

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Then it was fun to challenge her to match color to color. Keep this particular version up as your baby advances to toddlerhood.

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It can also be fun to see how your baby uses the sticks, perhaps in ways you haven’t imagined, and to imitate the moves. Veronika liked rolling hers on the floor…

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…and waving them in the air. So I followed suit!

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We loved this musical interlude together.

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