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Dec 16 2016

Learning English is just a few beats away!

Learning English has never been so much fun!

It’s DIY Friday with me, Celeste, so grab your supplies, throw on an old shirt, and let’s get started!

During this week’s lessons, learning English with my little Langmobile voyagers,  I incorporated music as much as possible, which, of course, meant a new DIY was in order! After humming and hawing over which one to choose, I finally landed on a musical drum, complete with pom poms and glitter. (You can’t go wrong with a little sparkle!) For this instrument to earn its title as top DIY, it had to pass the three most important questions. Is it…

Quick? Check!.......Easy to clean up? Check!......And most importantly...Fun? Check!

Learning English through music is the most effective way! Read one of our older posts; the same principles apply to learning English! New Years Resolution! Teach my child French.

With my new DIY drum in tow, I headed into my first class of the week eager for my little learners try it out! After playing a piece of Langmobile music entitled What’s that sound, I gave them a little demonstration, and asked “what’s that sound?”. Wails of excitement echoed through the classroom. “A DRUUUMMMM!” The following few minutes were spent fine tuning our musical talents and learning the terms gentle, sound, loud and quiet. Interactive music activities are an incredibly effective way to maintain attention spans, and encouraging independent thought.

Learning English with this DIY project :

  • Vocabulary rich so there are many fun words to learn while rummaging through the house for objects to use
  • How high can you count in English? 1-2-3-4 - Count the beats of your drum.

To make this craft you’ll need:

-1 coffee can

-1 old t-shirt

-3 rubber bands

-2 Styrofoam balls

-1 piece of construction paper

-2 popsicle sticks or bamboo sticks

-Tape

-Scissors

-Optional: Assortment of feathers, pom poms, feathers, and/or stickers

For the drum:

Take off the coffee can lid and tape the construction paper to the outside of the can. Pop the lid back on. Cut a square out of the t-shirt (a bit larger than the lid of the coffee can), and secure onto the top of the drum with a rubber band

Decorate the drum base as you like

For the drum sticks:

Push the popsicle or bamboo sticks into the middle of each styrofoam ball, about halfway up.

Cut 2 squares out of the t-shirt (enough to cover the styrofoam balls)Secure the t-shirt squares onto the styrofoam balls with the other 2 elastic bands.

This DIY was inspired by Lewis music studio blog - check it out for a visual of this project. We changed a few things but the basic idea is the same :) This DIY is teacher approved, children adored. If you loved this project as much as I did, share your experience in the comment section below. To incorporate music into playtime with your little one, visit our iTunes library!

Until next time,

Celeste 

 

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