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April 6, 2020

SolBe Families,

We hope you were able to have a bit of fun over the weekend. We added some tracks to the SolBe Spotify Station. Click this link if you would like to have La Vaca Lola stuck in your head (hehe).  Our partner The Loved Child is hosting an online Parenting Session: FREE Q & A with Nutritionist and Picky Eating Consultant, Danielle Shea Tan today at 2:00 PM.  You can click this link to register—fantastic tips if you are battling a picky eater while at home!

Project of the Day All Ages! Making Music with The Very Noisy Bear from Silvana Carpio

Suggested Book

The Very Noisy Bear by Nick Bland

You can also find it to read online by clicking this link

After reading with your children The Very Noisy Bear, ask them: What can we use to make music? What can make a sound? Model by clicking kitchen utensils (for example, two spoons!), or wooden spoons and pots or pans!

Materials

  • Anything you can find at home!
  • Wooden spoons
  • Pots and pans
  • Boxes
  • Paper towel rolls as drum sticks
  • Empty water bottles
  • Empty water gallons

Paint

Option 1: Set up a space for your child to explore all the items you gathered from your house and invite them to explore the different sounds!

Option 2: If you have paint available, provide your child with empty water bottles, empty milk cartons, or any other container and invite him/her to decorate their instrument with paint. Once dry, make some fun sounds!

Reflections for Parents

  • It can get (a little!) noisy. Before starting the activity come to an agreement of which is the space you will use. Creating spaces is important so children have the freedom to explore, move, and engage in what they are doing without worrying about what “is not allowed.”
  • This is the difference between having freedom vs. no limits! You can be as flexible as you would like, just share the agreement with your child! “We can be as loud as we want, in the kitchen/playroom/yard.”
  • As you work on your project, make connections with the story: “Do you remember when…” “This sounds like the ….from the book!”
  • At the end of the activity, display your child’s production in a special place! For our older friends, you can say: Can you sign it? And for the little ones: Can I take a picture to share what you just made?
  • Enjoy and celebrate the process!

More resources to follow in the coming days. Feedback and more ideas welcome, as always! Be well and stay healthy!

The SolBe Team

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