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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us here at Rockabye Baby!
No Thanksgiving dinner, according to us anyway, should go without music. It sets a tone of fun and thankfulness. Plus, music really muffles those chewing noises that sometimes come along with such a feast.
Listen to our Thanksgiving Playlist now:
And, of course, we added a few Rockabye jams at the end of the playlist to help you ease into that “after-dinner food-coma nap.”
The big chow down is tomorrow! Oof, I’m getting full just thinking about all that pie.
Since we know you’ll be busy preparing for the big Thanksgiving feast all day, we’ve put together a few fun activities that your little ones (or friends/family members) can enjoy, and that will help them, well, “stay out of your hair/mashed potatoes/pumpkin pie.”
Just click on the images to download the full-size color pages to print.
I’m not a drummer, but, gosh dang, sometimes I wish I were.
My fascination with drumming came at a young age. I was at a county fair watching my great-uncle’s polka band with my grandma 20 years or so ago. My grandma had me plopped on her lap and was bouncing me about to the “oohm-pa-pa-oohma-pa-pa” of the drums. I remember just staring with my mouth open as the drummer beat away on her little drum kit. I was mesmerized.
Nowadays I see drummers playing (mouth still open) and all I can think is: “How are you getting your limbs to do all of those things!?” I can’t even coordinate and control my hands long enough to cut food with a fork and knife!
I’ve tried my hand at drumming a few times but just the act of sitting at a kit seems to turn my arms and legs to rubber. It’s a sad thing to admit but drumming just isn’t for me . . .
That’s not going to stop me from being a fan though! Double pedal for LIFE.
As it’s International Drum Month, we couldn’t help but roll out a little DIY Drum project for you to share with your little drummers. Plus, this is a drum I think even I could play.
What You’ll Need and Instructions: 1. Cans, fabric, glue, scissors, leather to wrap around the top and bottom of cans (or” pleather” as we used), leather straps, heavy duty hole puncher, *optional: wooden dowel and wooden ball to make drum mallet
2. Cut fabric to size of can and glue one side.
3. Wrap the fabric around your can and pat to secure.
4. Lay out leather and trace the bottom of your can. Measure about 1 inch around your circle and draw another. Cut out the larger circle.
5. With the heavy duty hole puncher, punch holes about 1/2 inch from the edge around the circumference of your circle.
6. Weave your leather laces through each of the holes.
7. Tightly cinch the leather (pleather) over the top of your can and tie the laces together. Repeat the process on the bottom of the can.
8. Decorate as desired and SMASH!
These would make great holiday gifts, too Here’s Little Miss D playing with the set we made!
For more great DIY instruments, click on the images below.
I don’t have many close friends or family with kids who can be considered “children” right now (outside of my cousin who has 4 boys under the age of 5…yeah, he has his hands full, but Christmas is going to be hilarious).
Anyway, it bums me out a little because kids are rad. Even the kids that are kind of jerks can be rad. As a former swimming instructor, I connected with a lot of my students. From watching them perfect their backstrokes, to encouraging them to take the jump off the high board or finally convincing them (really just one of them) they didn’t need to pee in the pool to be cool; not much has been more rewarding than seeing those kids succeed. I miss them . . . they’re probably like 20 now.
However, I did receive some good news: My best friend’s sister gave birth to her first child a few weeks ago and I am over the moon with excitement about being his “aunt” and possible swimming instructor. If he’s anything like his mom and dad, he’s going to be one funny kid.
So let’s celebrate your kids and all the kids in the world today with a little giveaway!
TELL US WHY YOUR KID ROCKS!
Post why your kid rocks below by Sunday, November 24 at 8 pm PT. Five (5) total winners will be selected to win any Rockabye Baby CD of their choosing.
CLOSED! Congrats to our winners: Chelsea, Jennifer M., Nise, Patrice A., and Catherine D!
Baby’s cries making you wish a hero would save you? Fear not, parents, for these peaceful renditions of Nickelback’s best-loved songs will remind you what quiet sounds like. This is your child’s very own lullaby.