Fine Motor & Sensory Activities
Grasp mallets and hit chimes to make music! Raise them high and hit chimes to increase shoulder range of motion and reaching; grasp them tight and hit chimes for sensory input and increased grasp for fine motor skills.
Be a dancing robot! Determine particular movements to go with a particular note or rhythm. For example, high notes could mean marching in place or clapping hands; low notes could mean doing a hop or raising arms in the air. This is a great way to receive auditory input of different notes and listening for notes to follow movement instructions.
Gross Motor Activities
Caregivers can work on motor planning of following a simple beat that the caregiver can demonstrate. Start with a simple 2 beat and see if the child can follow with the same speed/rhythm and increase the difficulty with more beats to follow and see how close the child can mimic or copy the same beat!