Once Upon a Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Last weekend my parents + god-parents took me to the Symphony in Chicago! They had a special program going on, designed for young children ages 3 to 5 – featuring a small group of CSO musicians and a master storyteller who created interactive experiences that introduced us young ones to the world of music.

We visited the “The Three Little Pigs” program which was so much fun! They even had pre-concert activities (45 minutes before the performance) that prepared us to take part in the interactive portions of the performance and plant seeds for strong memories, of course!

The performance itself was great! My imagination was truly inspired by their vivid storytelling and let me tell you: It was so vivid that I got OH-SO scared of the wolf! Yes, when the bad wolf started playing his tuba well…, I started crying. I know, I know…silly!

After the performance, though we got to meet the musicians and the storyteller before heading home.

What an AWESOME day!

xo,

Kingston

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Wordless Wednesday: Toddlers Obsession With Tractors

Vroom! Vroom!

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I don’t think I have to tell you much about the fact that little boys like me LOVE cars, trucks and tractors! A couple of weekends ago I was able to sit on a tractor and what can I tell you?!

It was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

While “pretending” that I was actually riding the tractor my parents adapted a new version of my favorite song “The Wheels on the Bus” into “The Wheels on the Tractor” which goes like this:

The wheels on the tractor go round and round,

round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the tractor go round and round,

all through the farm.

The farmer on the tractor says plow the field,

plow the field, plow the field.

The farmer on the tractor says plow the field,

all through the farm.

The engine on the tractor says glub-glub-glub,

glub-glub-glub, glub-glub-glub.

The engine on the tractor says glub-glub-glub,

all through the farm.

Happy Singing!

Teaching Your Toddler

…all about lions!

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Lions are one of my favorite animals so, I decided to dedicate today’s date to lions. Rawwwrrrr!

They are such majestic animals and I do believe that I’m a little lion myself! To teach your toddler more about lions please, visit the National Geographic website for kids, (the site provides fun facts about lions and activities for tots like me!).

Now…let’s get started, though!

Today’s Song: Lion King SongsFrom the movie/play. Get us moving and dance with us!

Today’s Story: Little Tiger is Loud: A Book About Using Your Inside Voice by Susan Hood. Let’s practice a good “RAWR” together!

Today’s Snack: Lion Faces. Be creative and make little lion faces from a cracker! All you need is some nut butter and some raisins. Yummy!

Let the fun begin!

Movement and Music Activities for Toddlers

I Got Music, I Got Rhythm!

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Music plays a natural part in a toddlers life, in fact we learn through movement and music!

Mommy thought of something creative this weekend by taking me to a “music” playground. Mommy certainly knows best – activities like these shape my development and promote physical fitness! I had so much fun playing with the over-sized piano!

Introducing us to music does more than entertain; it’s actually a kick start to learning that entails lifelong benefits. Researchers found that music contributes to what experts call a “rich sensory environment“. This simply means that exposing us to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds will forge more pathways between the cells in our brains! Sounds complicated? It really isn’t!

Just get up and dance with us!