Let your pint-size learner have a blast searching for the wonderful and very weird things in this playful That’s Silly! setting. Try these ideas to start.
Ask your child to find the:
- Clock you can’t tell time with
- Ice cream that's melting
- Pond indoors
Meet the musicians
Invite your concert-going cutie to point out each of the following performers. (Provide the names of the musical instruments. See italicized words).
- The xylophone-playing bunny
- The frog with the tambourine
- The guitar-strumming elephant
- The cat at the piano
Counting is a must for kids who want to sing or play an instrument. Have your child scan the picture and count the following to enhance those skills now.
- Musical notes
- Instruments in all
Next, have your tike tally these. The number of:
- Animals in all
Boost curiosity and creativity
Use That’s Silly! to introduce your mini musician to percussion and other instruments.
- Look for pictures online. Check out life-size versions of xylophones, maracas, tambourines, drums, pianos, and more.
- Search YouTube sites for super-cool sounds, like this from a tambourine, this from a piano, and this from a drum.
- Make your own maraca with an empty water bottle and buttons or beans. Shake to produce a sound.
Build a story together
Clearly, there’s a party underway in this illustration, but there are lots of other mini plots for little ones to unravel. Encourage your child to create a story within a story. Ask:
- Why isn’t the mother hen sitting on her eggs?
- Will the nest above the window tip over?
- Will the visitor at the window come in to join the party? Where was he earlier? Where will he go next?
- Is this gathering a get-together for a bunch of talented musicians or a birthday party for someone special? Whose birthday could it be?
- Why is the cake untouched but the ice cream on the floor melting?
- What song is the cat at the piano playing? Is it “Happy Birthday”—or something else?
Extend the activity
Listen to and make music together.
- Visit a music store in your area. Eyeball the instruments. Watch a pro play, or if the store is game, let your child shake a maraca or a tambourine, or try the drums.
- Attend a children’s concert near you. (All music works!) Invite Grandma and Grandpa to go with you, or recruit a friend who has a same-age child.
- Help your little learner explore her musical interest. Compile a list of tunes she can listen to on demand. Expose her to different genres. Tell her that when she is older she may want to sing or learn to play a musical instrument at school or at home.