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What’s So Silly About the Very Cool Music Jam in September's That’s Silly!™?

Ask Your Budding Musician to Find Out!

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Introduce your favorite music maker to this mind-stretching music journey at home, in the car, or anywhere you want—and watch his skills and comprehension soar.
Inside High Five September 2018

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.

Warm-up exercises

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
Count everything

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
  • Maracas
  • Tambourines
  • Drums
  • Pianos
  • Guitars
  • Instruments in all

Next, have your tike tally these. The number of:

  • Fish
  • Sheep
  • Frogs
  • Bunnies
  • Mice
  • Alligators
  • Cats
  • Elephants
  • 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.