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Turn Taking & Sharing

Trading Instruments

  1. Get out two instruments from your Harmony Instrument Bag
  2. Warm up by playing and exploring the sounds of each of your instruments together. Show your child how to play if necessary.
  3. Choose a song to sing with your child
    • Old MacDonald
      • Trade instruments with your child each time you sing “ee-i-ee-i-oh”
    • Twinkle Twinkle
      • Trade instruments with your child each time you sing the word “star”

Turn Taking

  1. Get out your Harmony Instrument Bag
  2. Warm up by playing and exploring the sounds of the instrument together
  3. Sing the following to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell” (Make Video)
    • “It’s your turn to play, it’s your turn to play, hi ho the Dario it’s your turn to play”
  4. Point to yourself and sing while you take the instrument from your child and play, singing:
    • “It’s my turn to play, it’s my turn to play, hi ho the Dario it’s my turn to play”
  5. Go back and forth like this to practice turn taking for a few minutes. You can then play with the instruments until it’s time to put them away.

Sharing Instruments

  1. Get out ONE instrument from your Harmony Bag (ideally one that two people can play at the same time such as a drum)
  2. Warm up by playing and exploring the sounds of each of your instrument together. Show your child how to play if necessary.
  3. Sing a preferred song while you both play the instrument together.

Impulse Control

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Freeze Dance

  1. Get a recording of one of your child’s favorite songs (can be from YouTube if you hide the screen)
  2. Play the song recording and dance together
  3. Pause it at different times and make silly poses while you “freeze”
  4. Play the music and dance again

Start and Stop with Instruments

  1. Get out your Harmony Instrument Bag
  2. Warm up by playing and exploring the sounds of the instrument together
  3. Sing “Play to the Music” and encourage your child to stop at the end

Boundaries Song

  1. Play the recording or sing this song with your child to teach them about boundaries

Bonding

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Free Dance

  1. Get a recording of one of your child’s favorite songs (can be from YouTube if you hide the screen, or even play a favorite Pandora Stations—Raffi Pandora is great!)
  2. Play the song recording and dance together. Let loose and have fun!
    • Here are ideas for fun bonding dance moves
      • Hold hands and spin
      • Pick up your child and sway back and forth or spin
      • Copy whatever your child does (and encourage them to copy you too)
      • Dance with your noses touching (if they’ll let you, prepare for giggles!)
    • Song ideas
        • “Try Everything” by Shakira
        • “Friends are Family” from Lego Batman
        • “I Really Love to Dance” from Laurie Berkner
        • “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
        • Disney songs
        • “Limbo Rock”
        • “Happy” from Despicable Me
        • Any other fun songs from the radio or your favorite movies!
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Instrument Play with Singing

  1. Get out your Harmony Instrument Bag (or sit at a piano or other instrument you have at home)
  2. Play and explore the sounds of the instrument together
  3. Sing one or two of your child’s preferred songs while you play the instrument together. If siblings are involved sing their preferred songs too.
  4. Sing goodbye to the instrument when it’s time to put it away (if your child needs a transition cue)
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Instrument Play with Recorded Music

  1. Get out your Harmony Instrument Bag
  2. Play and explore the sounds of the instrument together
  3. Turn on a recording of a favorite song and play to the beat with your instruments (but don’t worry if you’re right on beat—just play along as best you can)
    • You can use a Pandora station (I like Raffi Family Radio)
    • OR create your own list on Spotify!
  4. Sing goodbye to the instrument when it’s time to put it away (if your child needs a transition cue)