Work on: visual motor integration, visual memory, sequential memory, crossing midline, tool use, visual discrimination, number or color recognition, figure ground, manual dexterity
In the plastic case: 8 bells and 2 mallets
I was given this set of bells today by an awesome family and can't wait to start using them. The set includes eight bells, starting and ending with C. Each bell is removable from the case and stands alone. There are also two mallets included. I cannot say for a fact whether the bells are precision-tuned, but the tones are clear and vibrant. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music "the universal language of mankind." I have found that this holds true across ages, genders, cultures, and skill levels. Many who have never played a musical instrument are genuinely surprised and pleased when they find that they can "make music".
- Color code songs on index cards. Instead of playing by notes, color circles to match the bell colors to play songs. I add anywhere between one and four lines of music per card, depending on how far I want to break it down.
- Play with two mallets. Takes coordination!
- Hold the card in one hand and play with the other to engage both hands.
- Play hand-over-hand or point to each chime the child must play if he cannot read a color-coded card.