Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

The kitchen is a fascinating place to be for little ones. Why, it's an orchestra waiting to happen! There're plenty of noise-making utensils and tools in the kitchen for drumming sensory play.

Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

Benefits of Drumming for Babies & Toddlers

Drumming out a tune is beneficial for babies and toddlers because it teaches them rhythm and they can practise moving their hands and bodies to the beat.

Children seem to drum naturally. They will instinctively knock pots and pans on the floor or hit them with a spoon. They shake objects, relishing the noise and rhythm they make.

Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

Research has found that regardless of the age or stage of children, they can drum, with or without real musical instruments. Because children are highly sensory, drumming enhances their senses of hearing and touch.

Gwen (12 months) was in her own rock n roll world during this activity. She played independently for about 10 minutes. I could tell she enjoyed hitting the utensils against the floor and one another to make different sounds. Like all children, part of the fun is experimenting to drum on a variety of surfaces.

Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

How to Create a Kitchen Rock Band

The noise-making utensils you can forage from the kitchen:

  • Metal pots and pans
  • Metal spoons
  • Wooden spatulas
  • Rolling pin
  • Food tins
  • Plastic food containers

Be creative! You can throw in packs of snacks too to make shakers.

Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

How to Level-up This Activity for Older Toddlers

This is a great activity to teach your child the difference in volume. Demonstrate some loud sounds, and some soft ones.

Also, the difference in speed. Beat the drum fast, faster, and very fast. Slow, slower and very slow. At the same time, sing nursery rhymes that are about speed. An example:

The Snail and The Mouse

Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Creeps the garden snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Back inside his house (Repeat)

These drumming sensory play activities encourage careful listening, exploration, and concentration.

Finally, if your child is a physically active one, get her to feel the beat with her body and move to the music through dancing or marching. Dancing and marching enhances the sense of the body’s movement. Create some drum music and encourage your to child dance or march around.

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Kitchen Rock Band for Your Drummer Baby or Toddler

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