This theme got added in at the last minute thanks to a music-related kids event we decided to attend! While we had several more ideas too, we went a little simpler all around. But here are the 11 music tot trays we came up with!
- DIY Shakers
- Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb & Drum
- Baby Einstein Piano
- Music Note Punching
- Dry Erase “Sheet Music”
- Music Note Dough Tray
- Piano Paper Piecing
- Music Instrument Flash Cards
- Gem Music Note Match
- Music Exploration
- Adapted from an idea from Paging Fun Mums — thank you!
- In a silicone tray I put six various ‘noise-making’ items: plastic heart gems, Panda Puffs cereal, bells, ring pasta (previously dyed red/pink from Valentine’s Day), unfinished wooden checkers, and dried peas
- Included six different clear containers with lids to make shakers
- Started with a favorite book, Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
- Included the smallest drum from the REMO RHYTHM CLUB®, Hand Drum Set
- Looking forward to seeing what he does with this!
- I decided to put out what is truly the BEST electronic toy for babies/toddlers! The Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano; I don’t think this is really available anymore.
- It’s always been an “upstairs” toy and as it is something he knows well, I liked the idea of tying it into the music theme
- A simple favorite — a music note hole punch and some thin papers
- Found a simple staff with a bass clef
- Enlarged them a bit and printed three on a page
- Laminated this and put it on the dry erase side of his easel
- Going out on a limb a little here — but want to include dough as often as possible!
- Gave him some new white play dough
- For “music notes” I included several black gems and pieces of both leather-like cord and velvet-like ribbon
- Also included a cookie turner, old circular tray (from an old rice cooker, I think!) and a tray from the IKEA DUKTIG baking set
- More open-ended musical exploration with the wonderful True Tone Xylophone from Lakeshore Learning
- Included the little set of sheet music this came with
- In the future, I’d love to make him his own music (“Just like Caillou,” says E)
- Modeled this after the “Make a Keyboard activity by Debbie Dee — thank you!
First I used Publisher to make a set of white piano keys, using a rectangle with rounded edges. Printed this in B&W on regular paper.
- To help coordinate the size for black keys, I saved one of these white keys as a JPG and loaded in Silhouette Studio
- Then I sized this down until the size looked right, and cut out several in black cardstock
- Gave him the sheet of white keys, black keys, and glue!
- Printed flash cards from Kids Pages — thank you!
- Totally got this idea from B Inspired Mama and And Next Comes L — thank you so much!
With a Sharpie, I made music notes (reversed) on the flat part of large gems
- After letting ink dry for an hour, I painted on a layer of Plaid Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue
- Then, while realizing I could have used the Silhouette for the gems, I cut one each of whole, half, quarter and eighth notes on white sticker paper
- Put each white sticker on a container
- Match the gems to the right container!
- This roundabout tray had a potential to be a sensory bin, but I went with a tray instead
- Using the Silhouette I cut several notes and other music icons on black cardstock
- I also included several sheets of music that I found via Bing image search
- Finally, I added four highlighters to ‘mark up’ the music
- The intent is that he could look around the sheet music and find the big cut out shapes.
Things are just a little too busy lately! That’s the good thing about planning a few weeks of school at a time!
Probably the most exciting thing about our music tot trays week was E getting to play D’s real guitar. E got a hang of it right away! He also played with our big keyboard. And funny how things work out; we went to a wedding that weekend where the couple were both music majors as well! Quite a funny coincidence.
Need some more ideas for music tot school or music-themed preschool? Check out my Pinterest board!
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Next up is Airplanes. We already know how busy things are going to be so we are actually not going to switch anything out; just leave up the same set all week.
After this busy week D & I are going to sit an evaluate school in general. In the fall, so many more activities are available and we need to analyze how it all fits together. It’s all quite an adventure!
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