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Fun Activities To Do At Home With Your Kids | The Tuneables

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Bring important music skills to life with fun activities you
can do at home with your little ones.

Musical Glasses

Making music with items you have around the house is not only affordable, but it can also be lots of fun for your little one. While you might already use pots and pans as a drum set, you can take the music learning up a notch with your water glasses (no fine crystal required!).

Learning to recognize and sing simple tonal patterns is an important musical skill that young children should develop. You can create clear tones your child can hear and match using water glasses filled with water set to various levels. Once you create your own tones on your glasses, you can play matching games, sing songs you know and make up new songs. These activities are a great way to reinforce this important learning for your child.

1. Fill your water glass with water to create various tones. Hint: The more water in the glass, the lower the tone.
2. We recommend reinforcing the tonal patterns used in “The Tuneables” program starting with the tones Do, Mi and Sol (pronounced So) set in the key of D.
3. It is important to set your tones accurately and in tune as you want to reinforce accurate modeling at all times.
4. Use the following tuning sources to set the tones in the water glasses. Adjust the water level in each glass to match these tones.

Tuning Sources (Click to listen):

Once the glasses are set up and ready for play, try the following fun activities:
1. Play each glass by striking the side of the glass with a pencil or rubber mallet to create a ringing tone. Listen to each tone and then match the tone by singing “Loo” or use the name of the tone such as “Do”.
2. Create combinations of tones such as “Do –Mi”, “Mi-Do”,“Do–Sol”, “Sol–Do”, “Do–Mi–Sol”, “Sol–Mi-Do”. Play the tonal combination on the glasses first, then sing and play the tonal combinations together.
3. Play a tonal combination then imitate the pattern by singing the tonal combination without playing the glasses.
4. Create your own sequence of tonal patterns! Using various tonal combinations above, make up your own sequence and sing while playing the glasses as the model.

TIP: If you have more than one child. Take turns letting each child select a tonal pattern to create a fun sequence of patterns.

Strike Up The Band

Who doesn’t love a parade! And there is nothing better than the marching band. Get your little ones up and moving to the beat with your own Tunie Marching Band. All you need is some great music and a little imagination.

Materials List:
1. 3-5 music pieces that have an obvious steady beat—not too fast or too slow (120-144 beats per minute). You want your child to physically be able to accurately march to the beat.
2. Optional: Small drums, sticks, cymbals, kitchen utensils, or homemade instruments.

1. Play the first piece of music and lead your little one in a single-file march. March to the beat and encourage your child to “march just like you.”
2. Add to the fun with real or home-made instruments that each child can hold and play while marching.
3. Try other music with either faster or slower tempos and continue to lead the band.
4. Once your band gets comfortable with the activity, its time to give each child the reigns. Let them start the band and find the steady beat.
5. Give every child in your band a chance to lead the parade.

Suggested Compositions:
“March Your Feet” The Tuneables
“March of the Toreadors” from Carmen
“Radetzky March” Strauss
“Turkish March” Beethoven
“Washington Post” Sousa

Children learn much by imitating. Your demonstrating how to march is a great way to help them practice building this skill, and your involvement is positive reinforcement.

Where Are You?

Creating music learning moments for your little ones are as easy as a fun game of hide and seek! But in Tuneville, we do it slightly differently. Instead of looking for the person who is hiding, you must listen for their song. This call and response game is a great way to reinforce the tonal patterns “Do – Mi” and “Mi – Do”

Materials List:
1. Sound source to indicate starting pitches—such as a bell, piano, or recorded tone.
2. Lots of great hiding places!

1. Parent starts off as the Seeker and all children hide. (Close your eyes!)
2. The Seeker starts to walk around looking for the Hiders while singing:
“Where is {Name of Child}?” “Where is {Name of Child}?”
with the tones, “Do–Do–Mi; Do–Do–Mi.”
3. When the Seeker gets close to the Hider, the Hider jumps out and sings:
“Here I Am. Here I Am,” with the tones, “Mi–Mi–Do; Mi–Mi–Do.”
Once all Hiders have been found, someone else takes the Seeker role and the game again is played again.
4. Each child gets a chance to be the Seeker.

Tone Reference (click to listen):

Video Reference (click to view):
Where are you?

Finding fun ways to practice performing tonal patterns helps shy or unsure children to actively participate.