Teacher's Kit

We're very proud to have won a Silver Award at the 2013 Practical Preschool Awards, scoring 88.5 out of a possible 100 points. You can see the judges comments by clicking on the review image in the first section below.

The Teacher's Kit is the perfect complement to the other Sound Children Kits and it's also a magical add-on for settings that are lucky enough to have lots of good instruments already.

The Kit contains a teacher-sized drum with beaters, a full set of 30 Music Cards and some rather unusual extras: stethoscopes, harmonicas, pingpong balls and wrapping paper. What are they for? You'll be amazed once you start to use the Music Cards and see how much real learning can be sparked off by blurring the normal "musical" boundaries.

 

N.B. For SEN settings - please put a note with your order to indicate that it's needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.

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SC-tk £284.29   £199.00

The children absolutely loved this! They have really enjoyed using the ping pong balls on the drum and listening to the different sounds. It is great value for money and the instruction cards had some really good ideas.
Judges, Practical Preschool Awards
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More about the Teacher's Kit

This kit came about because doing any activity with young children is always wider and more far-reaching than just the ‘subject’ itself – in this case ‘music’. Children don’t know about the boundaries we have made around the subjects and will move seamlessly between cutting something out, telling a story, playing with some water, using a musical instrument, dancing, painting and so on. If you approach music-making like this, you can encompass all kinds of interesting learning using sounds and listening as a focus.

So – the Teacher’s Kit contains stethoscopes because they encourage children to listen and harmonicas because they encourage children to play an interesting melodic blowing instrument. However young children will use the stethoscopes to ‘listen to the rain’ (on the window), to talk to each other, to listen to their eyelids fluttering and so on. And young children will use the harmonicas to ‘talk to each other’ – especially outside – to dance around together, to put in their pockets and drawers, to draw round and so on.

There are also lots of ping-pong balls – but why? Well if you look at annA rydeR’s Music Cards you’ll find an idea about playing drums and other instruments using the ping-pong balls. They are light and extremely bouncy and won’t hurt people. They are countable, findable, collectable, arrange-able and all the things children love!

And the paper – there are lots of things you can do with large pieces of paper but one is found in annA rydeR’s Music Cards called ‘Wrapping’. It’s about wrapping up the instruments (or anything else) and offering them to children and seeing what happens…You’ll find that if you offer children without knowing the outcome, more stuff happens. For example on child who was reluctant to join in with the unwrapping and just watched from the side was eventually brought an instrument to unwrap by another child…

Of course the Teacher’s Kit has a large drum so that you can lead some music-making as well!

This kit is designed to inspire you to try out ideas which you can offer to children without knowing what might happen. You might be surprised and interested by what your children will do and discover…

Click on the photo image below to see the comments of the Practical Preschool Award Judges.

What's included

Contents: Kenkeni Bamboo, 3 Beaters, 3 Harmonicas, 3 Stethoscopes, 100 Ping-Pong Balls, 50 Sheets Wrapping Paper, 30 annA rydeR's Music Cards,"What It's Called + Where It's From" card, Bamboo Basket

 

The following teaching support materials are also included with orders for SEN settings (please indicate "SEN" on your order):

SEN Music and Sound Play (an introduction for non specialists)

SEN Music Making - set of A3 posters summarising the benefits of different instruments in terms of A. Sensory and Physical Needs; B. Social, Emotional and Mental Health; C. Communicaiton and Interaction; D. Cognition and Learning

Instrument Cards - A5 Cards for each instrument in the kit, giving an overview of the benefits as set out on the SEN Music Making posters

What goes well with the Teacher's Kit

The Teacher's Kit is the perfect complement to the other Sound Children Kits and it's also a magical add-on for settings that are lucky enough to have lots of good instruments already.

This kit goes with everything including resources which aren’t instruments at all. It’s designed to widen the meaning of music. It’s about encouraging imagination and finding your own ideas to inspire your children. Perhaps you could devise another teacher’s kit of your own and tell us about it?

How the Teacher's Kit is made

How to look after the Teacher's Kit

This doesn’t need much looking after except keeping tabs on the ping-pong balls! Check for any splits and chuck those that are – they can get trodden on or just thrown too hard. The children can help you with this. It is very exciting for children to re-shape a dented ping-pong ball by immersing it in hot water…

Check that all the tubes in the stethoscopes are properly connected otherwise they won’t work. Harmonicas can be cleaned by immersing them in very hot water with a small amount of sterilising fluid.

The skin of the drum can become floppy and won’t play very well especially if it’s got wet. Dry it out and keep it in a warm place until the skin has re-tightened itself.