Build on your child’s listening skills with this fun clapping activity.
You will need
- NOTHING - just your hands, and your child’s hands.
What to do
Clap a simple rhythm for your child, slowly at first. Something like: 1,2,3. Wait for your child to copy, then repeat.
Slowly, add more complicated instructions. For example: 1,2, 1-2-3 1,pause, 1-2-3 1-2-3-4-5
Keep to patterns of 5 first, then experiment with clapping patterns of more than 5.
To make it more challenging, gradually get faster and faster, or include other body parts- like tapping your knees or your head.
- This activity helps your child work on their listening skills, by working hard to listen to you and replicate you as accurately as possible.
- Clapping and tapping to a rhythm is a learning milestone for children aged 3 years and older. Your child will practise this milestone during this activity.
- This activity provides children with the foundations of rhythm needed later - such as clapping the rhythm of songs and music (four children aged 4+).