Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Playing with Rhythm Sticks (or straws!)

My son takes classes at The Little Gym every week and one of the activites that he's always enjoyed is using rhythm sticks to practice motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also helps reinforce body part names (and even some letters). And of course, you can also practice music and rhythm. It's also a great opportunity for toddlers to listen and mimic.

The activity can be done with both babies and toddlers. Babies who are unable to hold the sticks and sit in your lap while you tap this sticks, or you can help them hold the sticks while you tap them. I remember Ethan enjoying this activity even when he was only a few months old.

Daddy helping

We actually have a pair of rhythm sticks at home...they are relatively inexpensive. But what if you don't have a pair?

Enter Daddy's great idea to use straws! The straws are great because I can leave them accessible in the toy box. They also don't hurt as much if the tapping gets a little crazy! Of course, they don't make the same great sound that the rhythm stick do!

Sorry for the photo quality here- I had a camera attacker on my hands!

Here are some of the activities we do:
  • Drum them on the floor
  • Tap on your...toes, knees, belly, hand
  • Put them on your head like bunny ears
  • Make letters...T, X, L, V
  • Roll them between your hands...under your hands...under your feet
  • Tap them together
  • Tap your stick on my stick. Now I tap yours.
  • Tap one like you're hammering a nail
Rolling on his leg
Of course, I'm sure you can come up with more--maybe even your little one will add to the list!


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