Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Music Themed Invitation to Explore Magnets

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When we did the car themed magnet tray, I was surprised to see how excited two year old K was about it.  Since he was so into it, I have created a few other magnet trays for the boys, including this music themed invitation.  This tray may have been more popular than the car one.  And, as you will see, the tray lead to more than just learning about magnets.

Simple toddler science: music themed invitation to explore magnets from And Next Comes L

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To create this tray, I mixed some magnetic and non-magnetic elements since the idea is to encourage the boys to discover what is and isn't magnetic.  The items included:
  • Magnet wands
  • Musical instruments TOOB
  • Jingle bells
  • Black pom poms and dot magnets - These represent staccato notes and dotted notes.
  • Trumpet mouthpieces - The boys have had a blast with these before.
  • Strips of black and white magnets - These represent the keys on a piano.  To make the white keys, I simply covered a fridge magnet with white cardstock and then cut it into strips.
  • Pipe cleaner music symbols - As you can see below, I made quarter notes, eighth notes, a treble clef, and a bass clef.  To make these, just twist the pipe cleaners into the shape that you need.

Pipe cleaner music symbols from And Next Comes L

The musical instruments are always a hit when we play with them and this magnet tray was no exception.

Close up Safari Ltd. musical instruments TOOB in music themed invitation to explore magnets from And Next Comes L

K first pretended to play the French Horn.  Clearly, he has not figured out the proper technique since last time, but he's getting there!

K playing the french horn from And Next Comes L

He also pretended to strum the guitar while dancing.  It was ridiculously cute.

K strumming the guitar from And Next Comes L

Even J played along, trying to play the trombone.

J playing trombone from And Next Comes L

But miniature instruments just aren't the same thing as playing a real instrument.  K was very interested in the trumpet mouthpieces that I included in the magnet tray.  When he saw them in the tray, he instantly ran to the basement chanting, "Tuba, tuba, tuba."  He still calls all horns "tuba."  K knew that the mouthpieces belonged with my trumpet and was trying to locate the missing instrument.  So I brought it up for him to explore and play.  And he loved it.  Although, he does need some more practice on the proper way to use the mouthpiece...

K playing the trumpet from And Next Comes L

K had little interest in the magnetic tray after playing with the instruments, both real and fake.  J, on the other hand, took the time to see what items were and weren't magnetic.  

Music themed invitation to explore magnets: picking up "staccato notes" from And Next Comes L

J then started arranging the piano key magnets into a piano and pretended to play it like a real piano.

J playing with magnetic piano keys from And Next Comes L

Finally, J was drawn to the pipe cleaner music symbols.  At first, I didn't see why he was so interested in them because frankly, it isn't something that would normally appeal to him.  But then he did this:

Pipe cleaner music symbols turned into numbers from And Next Comes L

What do you see?

Well, if you are J, who is obsessed with all things numbers, then you see "2, 2, 9, 9, 6, 9."  Never in a million years would I have seen numbers in those music pipe cleaners.  I am extremely fascinated by how J's mind works.  He continues to blow me away.

Don't forget to check out this other magnet tray: Car Themed Invitation to Explore Magnets

Simple toddler science: music themed invitation to explore magnets from And Next Comes L