What to do with this activity?
What is body percussion? It's when you use your body to make rhythmical noises instead of drums or other percussion instruments. That can include clapping, striking your hand against different parts of your body, or stamping your feet. Sometimes it is combined with vocal sounds but not words. Lots of folk dances from all over the world use body percussion in different ways.
Why not learn a short body percussion routine together. Have a look at this short lesson from CBeebies or this one from the same channel. Get some more inspiration from this group from Costa Rica. Try and combine moves to make your own body percussion routine.
Why am I doing this?
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
How can I do more?
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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