Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

There is a strong connection between music and early literacy. Research has shown that phonological awareness can be improved through music. You can easily encourage this connection through singing, dancing and playing music with your children. Children can also enrich their musical experience by playing instruments. You can use these simple directions to make a a few instruments at home with your child. 
Water Bottle Maraca: Take an empty water or pop bottle and wrap it with masking tape. Decorate the bottle with markers, stickers, paint, etc. Next, fill the bottle with popcorn kernels or beans. Replace the cap and you are ready to shake it to some music!
Oatmeal Can Drum: Decorate an empty oatmeal container or ice cream carton with paper and your choice of materials. You can use pencils or spoons or something similar as drum sticks. If you make drums in a variety of sizes you can talk about how different shapes, sizes and materials make different types of sounds. 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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