Have a drum or empty box that can serve as a drum. Have the child beat on the drum while the adult claps along. Then the adult beats on the drum while the child claps along.
Take turns with beating the drum to demonstrate for the child how to clap to the beat. Vary the beat, starting slow, then a little faster, slower, etc.
The child differentiates similar sounds and identifies the right sound to use in a word.
Being able to match a beat is needed to be able to hear syllables in words. Encourage parents to do musical activities with their child. Make simple drums, buy an inexpensive kazoo and have fun making beats!
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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