With the end of the school year and Memorial Day, summer (unofficially) begins. There are wonderful ways to spend time with your child in the summer. Walks, picking dandelions, and catching fireflies are great memories from my childhood. Swimming, making homemade ice cream, and biking with my friends are a few others.

If you are looking for a few ideas to share with a child this summer, here are four to add a little quality and fun along with a little music making.

1. Make instruments. Here’s a starter list of easy, inexpensive (possibly FREE) instruments you can make.

2. Read and sing books. Public libraries are a great resource for story-times and other fun activities. While you are there, check out some singable books. I’ve highlighted a few here in these posts.

3. Take part in music groups or lessons. Depending on their ages and where you live there are many options. Check with your local recreation center, Y, or music store. If you live in the Hays, KS area my offerings through the Hays Recreation Commission and the Hays Public Library.

4. Sing and dance. If it is just too hot to be outside or it’s a rainy day, why not sing and dance with the kids. There are the classics like the hokey-pokey, the Chicken Dance, and the Alley Cat. Freeze dance is always fun and it is a way to offer children an opportunity to be in control.

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What things will you be sharing musically with your child this summer? Please share them in the comments.



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