Hoola Hoop Musical Play at Home

Recently on a beautiful sunny afternoon I enjoyed a wonderful time of musical play with Harper (aged 4) and Sadie (21 months). Taking a hoop outside in the sunshine we started off with sung instruction – up up up up up, down down down down down. The girls loved moving the hoop with the scale and it was such a beautiful time of connection between the two of them as the moved the hoop in time with each other and the rhythm of the scale.

Then we had some fun playing around with the hoop in new ways as I sung “What can you do with the hoop today” and then letting Harper take the lead singing out what actions and movements she was exploring with the hoop.

 

Harper gained more confidence at this point as leader and began to sing her intentions out herself… including her sister as both partner and exploring the space Sadie took up with putting the hoop back and forward over Sadie’s head. It is so excited in musical play when the child becomes the leader not only of themselves but of the others around them.

By this point the girls were off! Harper jumped inside the hoop and lead Sadie around our property singing her own song as they went.

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Then she passed on the role of leader to Sadie “It’s your turn to lead now Sadie- in you get”.

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Sometimes my children blow me away. An afternoon of playing around with a hoop was a beautiful example of how music is not only a fun way to spend time with our children, but an incredible tool to build listening skills, confidence, relationships, leadership, spacial awareness and creative thinking.

And all you need is a voice! Sing with your children today and you never know what precious moments may unfold.

 

Michal Bush


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