Mood Maker

Explore how different kinds of music make you feel with Mood Maker!

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While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while playing, either with your child on your lap, or next to you.
  • Talk about what is going on in the activity. Ask your questions like, "how do you think the frog will look when we play the 'sleepy' music?" or "How would you dance to the happy music?"
  • Take turns experimenting with the different scenes, stickers and songs. Ask your child to identify his/her favourite piece of music, sticker or scene and ask why he/she feels that way. Getting your child to think critically, and to analyze what he/she is looking at, or playing with is a great way to help them develop important cognitive skills.
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Mood Maker helps your child meet different learning goals, including the following:

The Kindergarten Program

Music

Express responses to a variety of forms of music, including those from other cultures.

 

At-Home Activities: 
  • Visit your local library.
  • Head to the music section, and take a few different music CDs. Make sure that both you and your child have the opportunity to choose.
  • Before playing a CD, ask your child based on the title of the album, and the images on the jewel case what he/she thinks the music is going to be like. At this point you can give your child different genre choices depending on what is appropriate for his/her age group and knowledge. Whether you are using terminology like, "happy", "sad", "fast" or "slow", or using genre tags like, "jazz", "pop", "rock",  or "classical", helping your child think critically is a great way to increase cognitive skills.
  • Play the CD.
  • Ask your child if that is the sound he/she thought it was going to have. How is it different? How is it the same?
  • For an extra fun activity, take out some paper and drawing supplies, and draw to the music. Both you and your child!