WEEK 8 – Instrument Petting Zoo
Last week we attempted shell gathering, but she pretty much wanted to move on after picking out two shells. So I decided that this type of experience that needs more focus and interest should be left for when she is older if she likes it then. She has never been a fan of methodical activities, they bore her too quickly. Instead more creative things that allow her the freedom to improvise have been what she is most happy with.
This entry is supposed to cover “Music Man Stan Music Shop“. After thinking it over, I decided it was not a smart idea to take a hands-on, rambunctious toddler to a music shop. Maybe if I had attempted it a few months ago when she was more cautious, that would be better. But we are currently in a “run, grab, explore, drop, go get something else” stage. Lots of energy and excitement. Not a good combination for an independently owned store with expensive instruments.
However, we were lucky that a local Philharmonic Orchestra was holding a community event complete with an “Instrument Petting Zoo”, a perfect alternative to the music shop for a two year old.
There were several areas set up with different instruments that they were allowed and encouraged to try out with the help of musicians. I didn’t see anyone as little as Lexi – most people interested were either adults or older children, especially in the classical instrument section, but she was so in awe of these real size pieces that we had no trouble keeping her from running around like she often does.
The first instrument she went to was, of course, a violin. I could tell how amazed she was to be able to hold a full size violin versus her child sized Mendini. And then when she took the bow and a beautiful sound came out…. Wow! Even I was impressed.
She came back to that violin two more times that afternoon. The next part was wind instruments. She has a small trumpet at home, not a real small trumpet, like her violin, but a plastic toy one. It works the same and makes sounds but it is not a real instrument. It’s well known that it takes a lot more effort to produce sound from a real wind instrument than, let’s say, a toy one. So after a few attempts, she actually blew into it hard enough to create a sound, as can be seen by the open palm of the musician signifying the words “There you go!”
Slide trombone was next. That’s the one instrument she does not have at home, but she knows all about it from shows, apps and books she uses. She was also able to play it and loved sliding it back and forth. And then, of course, Daddy needed a try 🙂
The outside section had some percussion instruments and all sort of miscellaneous “sound makers”. I was pretty impressed with the xylophones and am now considering getting a real one. Toy xylophones don’t come even close to the sound that a real instrument produces. It is really beautiful!
Finally to cap the day of music, we listened to the youth ensemble play. For a girl who rarely sits down, live classical music is something she will actually be still for.
These are just the photos of us coming back from the bathroom. She has been such a reliable bathroom goer since about a month after she potty trained. I am still periodically amazed at how easy it came to her.
HERE IS OUR LIST (PRINTABLE VERSION OF BOTH LISTS)
- Backwards Day
(Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Backwards Day book tie in)
- Ride a pony/horse
(Berenstain bears book tie-in)
- Go to the airport and watch the planes land.
(Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book)
Go to a music shop and explore the instruments
(Daniel Tiger episode tie in)
Go to a train museumSEE OUR WEEK HERE Jump in Puddles (Weather contingent) (Hello, Fiends book)SEE OUR WEEK HERE
- Feed ducks at the park (Curious George book)
- Dance in the rain (Weather contingent) (Olivia book )
Plant something from seed and watch it grow OR plant a garden
(Curious George episode tie in, Little Critter book, Curious George book)
- Climb a tree
- Gather shells (Berenstain Bears book)
- Ride a trolley (Daniel Tiger themed)
- Go to the lake to look for tadpoles
(Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book tie in)
Go on a scavenger hunt in the woods
(Curious George episode tie in, another Curious George episode tie-in Berenstain bears: nature’s guide (this is a great book for a scavenger hunt and it rhymes)
Fly a kiteSEE OUR WEEK HERE
(a great rhyming Berenstain bears book, Curious George episode, Little Critter book)
- Roast marshmallows by the fire
(OLIVIA tie in)
- Play in the snow (Location contingent)
- Go to an aquarium
(Berenstain Bears book, Little Critter book, Curious George book)
- Have a picnic – complete with basket and red checkered blanket. (Berenstain Bears book – another great funny rhyming book)
- Lay out and look at stars (Curious George episode tie-in)
- Go camping unplugged (phones turned off)
(Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Curious George episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in, Curious George book tie-in, OLIVIA book tie in other camping books)
- First movie theater movie (Curious George book)
- Go to a petting zoo!
- Listen to a thunderstorm (Weather contingent.)
(Daniel Tiger Episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in)
Have a Family Movie Night with snacksSEE OUR WEEK HERE
- Run around the grass in a park, barefoot, as a family
Pick fruit at a farmSEE OUR WEEK HERE
(Daniel Tiger episode , Curious George book)
Make Snow/Sand Angels
- Make pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders and hang them in the yard
(Curious George tie-in)
Draw with chalk on the driveway/sidewalk
- paddle a canoe down the river
(Curious George episode tie-in)
- visit a tidepool (Weather contingent)
Egg Dying(Curious George book)
- Go to see a boat show (at Christmas)
- Go on a sunset cruise on a boat
(Curious George episode tie in)
Make giant bubbles in the yardSEE OUR WEEK HERE go to a waterpark
- go to Botanical gardens
- Go bowling
(Curious George episode , Curious George book)
Jump on the bed/couch/furniture together (5 Little Monkeys book)SEE OUR WEEK HERE
- Get long newsprint/butcher’s paper and trace/color your hands, feet and bodies!
- Make cookies together
- Play Hide and Seek
Build a fort out of blankets and pillows (The Fort that Jack Built book)SEE OUR WEEK HERE Go to the Zoo
(Curious George episode, Curious George book)
- Go on a family bike ride through the woods
- Make newspaper planes
- Get a few giant cardboard boxes play pretend with them!
- play tennis
- play miniature golf
(Curious George book)
Ride a roller coasterSEE OUR WEEK HERE
(Curious George episode , Curious George book)
Ride a train
(Berenstain Bears book tie-in)