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Today we are continuing with the learning objective of 'realising not only objects but anything can be counted'.


First, have fun singing along and counting the beats made on the musical instruments by watching the video below.


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Next, have a go at creating your own beat sounds by using kitchen pots and pans and wooden spoons (if you do not have a pan and spoon to hand you could always use your hands to clap)...


*Close your eyes and ask a grown-up or sibling to tap a number of sounds on the pan with a spoon.  

*With your eyes closed can you count how many times the other person has tapped?  (start with numbers 1 to 5 to begin with and increase to 10 if you feel your child is confident with this). 


This activity could be made harder by tapping or clapping faster; you’ll have to listen carefully!


You could keep track of the sounds you have heard by putting one finger up for each sound.  You could then count your fingers if you need to check the answer.  Or, you may find it helpful to tap your legs and count for each sound that is playedMaybe you would like to use a pencil and paper and mark down each time you hear a sound?


After, can you swap over and play a number of sounds for the other person to count?  You could use an online dice like the one below to help you know how many sounds to make.  Are you able to subitise the dots (this means, for example, to know there are three dots without needing to count them)?

Finally, you could watch the music video again 'Count the beats!' and see if you can tap/clap along to the number of beats given in the song.