Pretwinkle activities for 2.5 year old

Jennie Howland said: Dec 4, 2017
 1 posts

I have twin just turned 5 year old boys who have been in the Suzuki program (one in cello, one in violin) for the past 6 months and so was taught by the teachers to separate the bow and the violin.

I have searched youtube and gotten good ideas for working at home with my 2.5 year old boy but wondering if anyone else has any ideas on how to make it fun.

  1. First position and bow (1,2,3)
  2. playing position with box violin on shoulder (the mac and cheese box violin I made is still a bit big for his neck so I have ordered him a foam one for Christmas).
  3. Bowing on shoulder the different twinkle variation rythms with bow hold
  4. Clapping the different twinkle variation rythms
  5. Bow hold with “up like a rocket”, and counting to 10 and balancing an item on top of the bow.
  6. Moving bodies up and down with a ball to rythms.

He listens to the book 1 suzuki cello and violin CDs several times a week.

I plan to get him a teacher next summer when he will be 3 years old, and tack a 15 minute visit on to the end of my 5 year old’s 30 minute violin lesson.

I did not have access to the forum to view some of the other posts on pretwinkle activities so I apologize if this is redundant.

Thank you so much for your input.

Barbara Rylander said: Dec 10, 2017
Barbara Rylander
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Saline, MI
7 posts

I have come to believe that the most important thing with a child age 2-3 is to experience music in a wholistic way. I found that Musikgarten is ideal.

I suggest the book Your Child’s Growing Mind, by Jane Healy.

What I have observed is that the Suzuki group class experience if done well incorporates a deep understanding of child development and appropriate activies. As a Suzuki mom and teacher, I greatly appreciated the phenomenol background of the author of Musikgarten. The box violin can then be a part of that whole experience.

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