Including Vocal Play in Daily Life
Vocal Play is readily incorporated into Kindermusik lessons. Through the combination of appealing visuals, for example a colorful picture or puppet, and either singing poems like the itsy bitsy spider in a my-turn/your-turn style or imitating animal sound effects listened to over the audio player, vocal play is a tool that educators incorporate into class in order to introduce children to new experiences and concepts. Showing children in class a colorful parrot puppet, listening to a parrot sound and then imitating how a parrot talks by indicating my-turn, your-turn is just one example of a vocal play style activity that is incorporated into class on a regular basis.
It’s easy to do vocal play at home as well! When engaging in vocal play with children, keep things short, simple, and lively with plenty of opportunities for repetition. Some easy examples of vocal play include “My Turn, Your Turn” style singing or chanted poems. You can make hand motions toward yourself when you say/sing a line and then motion toward your child when you’d like them to try echoing you. Reading books with repetitive phrases are great tools when engaging in vocal play. You can start out by simply reading the book together and then progressively work up to you reading part of a phrase, then having your child respond with the next line. Other ways to engage in vocal play can be executed during regular parts of the day as a well, so for example during bath time, while making dinner, or driving in the car.