Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Even the very youngest babies respond to beats in music. Scientists even believe that babies find beat more engaging than speech and that beat is the first element of music that babies respond to. Babies find synchronising their movements to a steady beat very soothing, and for those who lack control over their limbs, to have someone else move to a beat with them can produce the same results. That’s why many babies fall asleep whilst being rocked or gently bounced in their parents arms.

Equipment required

  • Your choice of song

Link to resources

Duration

Two to six weeks

How it works

This activity introduces babies to the first stages of beat competency by helping them feel a beat in a piece of music through their parent’s body. It builds on parent’s instinctive response when cradling a baby who tend to ‘bounce’ to a beat in a piece of music almost unconsciously. This ‘bounce’ can either be achieved by the parent dancing and moving whilst standing, or it can be achieved in a sitting position and bouncing baby on their knees.

What to do in the class

Choose a song or rhyme that has a strong beat (there are suggestions below). Have parents either standing and holding their babies, or where the rhyme is knee bouncer sitting with their child on their knees. As they sing the rhyme/song, encourage the parents to bounce or sway gently to the beat as they sing, so their babies can feel the beat with their whole bodies as they also listen to it.

Suitable songs/rhymes would include:

Adaptations for older/younger children

Not required

What to do in a nursery setting

Knee bouncing songs will only really work in a one to two environment- One carer would have two babies on their lap for the songs.

Training Videos

Musicality Beat Dances-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Father And Mother And Uncle John-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Horsey Horsey-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Pat A Cake-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

five little monkeys jumping on the bed from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

10 Galloping horses

10 Galloping Horses-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

The grandfather clock

The Grandfather Clock-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

What shall we do with the bouncing baby

What Shall We Do With The Boucning Baby-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

This is the way the lady  rides

This Is The Way The Lady Rides-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Shoe the little Horsey

10 Galloping Horses-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Ponies Are Walking-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

 

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