Music & Cooking

Updated: Mar 19

Infants: Babies love music. From listening to composed music to children‘s songs to exploring instruments and their sounds; music is an exceptional tool for helping your young child’s development. Research has found that during this early time in your child’s life, music can actually accelerate brain development by helping to build the complex network of brain synapses that are needed for the creation of a strong cognitive foundation.

Activity - Making Music Today we will explore ways to provide your child with wonderful musical experiences with sound props created without any prep time. I promise these ideas will give you as much joy as your baby! Some ideas include:

1. Consider heading to the kitchen for measuring cups, spoons, pots and pans. Put them on the floor and with your baby start the band!

2. Take an empty tissue or wipies box and wrap some rubber bands around it and with your child play your guitar.

3. Take an empty toilet paper roll and put a piece of wax paper on one end that attach a rubber band and blow into it. The sounds will delight your baby.

4. While singing, clap your hands or use a noise rattle to sequence the rhythm of the song. 

5. And don’t forget your sound sensory bottles from yesterday - you can use your sound sensory bottles for purposeful musical experiences.

Toddlers and Preschoolers:

Activity - Cook with a Book! Cooking with young children is a fun and sometimes messy affair. It is a wonderful activity to do with your child for taking advantage of learning in many developmental domains. Cooking drives a child’s social emotional development, mathematical conceptualization, scientific reasoning and literacy growth. When cooking is integrated with a literary experience the learning multiplies. Each week we will be providing you with a thematic cooking plan to provide your child with an in depth learning experience. This week’s recipe is: GUACAMOLE What you need: Book: “ Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni Shopping List: Avocados, Kosher Salt, Lime Juice

1. Read Leo Lionni’s book with your child and then go around your house looking for green objects. How many green things did you find? If your child is an older preschooler you can even go another step by categorizing your green home objects. For example, soft and hard green things, big and little green things, etc.

2. Next, take out all your ingredients and put them on a surface that your child can reach.

3. Wash hands- a great way to sneak in a hygiene lesson.

4. Make and eat the guacamole (Directions below)

5. Create a green picture using blue and yellow paint or blue and yellow food coloring or use Monday’s playdough recipe to make green playdough. 

6. Have a reflection conversation with your child about favorite parts of this activity.

Recipe: You can use your own guacamole recipe or try this simple version below:

1. 2 ripe peeled avocados, halved and pitted

2. ½ teaspoon kosher salt

3. 1 tablespoon lime juice

With your child, scoop pulp from avocados and place in a small bowl. Sprinkle it with salt. Give your child a fork and mash until smooth. Stir in lime juice. Happy Learning! Lynne & The Vivvi Team