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Tapping to the Tunes

Duration: any

Age: toddler

Skill for Bub: Mind builder


A technique to teach your child rhythm.

Lightly tapping on your child’s body as you sing to her is a stimulating way to enhance her experience with music.

Get the Beat Going

  • Sing all of the words to a familiar song through once.
  • Then tap out the beat as you silently mouth out the words in a dramatic fashion. This allows her to feel the rhythm without any other distractions.
  • Or, sing a song while tapping faster in double time or slower in half time.
  • You can also act out the words of a song with animated hand movements.

Any of these ways are sure to please — and engage — your little listener.