Category Archives: Child Behaviour

Other Instruments to Make from Bamboo

Occasionally it is possible to obtain one of the long bamboo poles manufacturers place in the centre of a wide roll of carpet. These can be cut with a tenon saw and if one aims each time to cut across a joint the result is a useful collection of pieces of different lengths, some having ...

Drums

An acceptable-quality side drum costs from to a tambourine from about and tambours more than this. In the past most playgroup people have experimented and had fun by improvising drums, using all kinds of tins, barrels and boxes for the body and various methods of achieving a really tight drumhead. Some of the plastic containers ...

Stories and Story-Telling

The value of books and story-telling is self-evident but if one has to make a list of advantages it would include the extension of ideas, vocabulary, language skills, information, the enjoyment which comes from the close attention given each other by the teller and the listeners, the sharing of a common theme which can act ...

Books for Children

There have been some very pleasing changes in books for children over the last ten years. Between these two extremes are simple hne pictures and various styles from almost photographic realism (indeed actual photographic reproductions in some cases), to impressionism. With more buying in from abroad cultural differences and varied approaches are introduced. The only ...

The Sound Table

The sound table or music corner is a fairly common feature in most nursery groups. It may be an attractive permanent feature with a good collection of simple instruments or home-made noise-makers where children are free to experiment with what they find there. Sadly, like interest and nature tables, it can deteriorate into a dusty, ...

Buying books for Children

Paperback books covered with transparent film may last just as long as a poorly-produced hardback version. books for toddlers should be neither too heavy nor too flimsy and a small size is easier to manage than a large one. Baby books, which are probably a child’s first experience of accepting one-dimensional representation of a real object, ...

When Can I Learn to Play Music?

In spite of the success some teaching methods produce in allowing very young children to learn to play instruments it is not common practice to start children learning with a music teacher until about five to seven years. Small children who live in a family where one of the members plays a musical instrument are ...

Mending books

This is a tedious business. If the loose dust jacket has a suitable picture on it it can be used to make a mounted picture or a jigsaw puzzle. Any accidental tears should be mended immediately with Sellotape. If the child who did the damage is allowed to watch and the operation carried out in a ...

Musical Instruments and Noise-Makers

Many instruments can be used with a group of children but some are expensive, some take up a lot of space, some are difficult to play. Ideally the adult should be free to sing and move about with the children so any large instrument such as a piano, or wind instruments such as a recorder, ...

Making books

There are several ways of making books. Sheets of sugar or craft paper stapled together with a cover of vinyl wallpaper is the quickest and simplest method. Good quality board or card joined with heavy quality passe-partout is stronger still. For small books postcards (used double by sticking them together with Sellotape) are easily available ...