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MUSIC: Animal Tracks

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Talk with Me!

Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.

The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts.  Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!

This collection explores Music. All children, including young children, have musical potential! For more information, check out the National Association for Music Education and their statement on music in early childhood here:  https://nafme.org/about/position-statements/early-childhood-music-education/

This series of four Smithsonian Learning Lab collections is funded as part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. #SmithsonianMusic 

MUSIC: Animal Tracks

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Make animal sounds

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Make animal sounds

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Make Animal Moves

Talk With Me Toolkit

WATCH: Sing and Move Together

Talk With Me Toolkit

LOOK: What do you see?

Talk With Me Toolkit

Singing Birds with Cello

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Untitled (tabby cat lying down)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

TALK: How might it sound?

Talk With Me Toolkit

WATCH: Sing and Move Together

Talk With Me Toolkit

"Red Bird" by Dan Zanes and Friends

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

PLAY: Make animal sounds

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Pretend to be a bird

Talk With Me Toolkit

Read Together: The Animal Boogie

Talk With Me Toolkit

Smithsonian Year of Music

Smithsonian Year of Music