As a wrap-up for 2013, we asked the talented children’s musician and performer DARIA to share some post-holiday activities that families can do together. Here are 12 different ways you can make the holidays bright by exploring diversity and making music.
Although you can find the day by day list on DARIA’s monthly song page, here are some of the highlights of the first six days.
DANCING BELLS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Who doesn’t love the sound of jingle bells? Whether it’s simple crafted bracelets or anklets or more elegant Indian style ghungroo ankle bells, this musical craft makes any day more merry. Find instructions on these as well as how to make a kids’ version of morris bells, at the links below.
CONNECT WITH LATIN AMERICAN SONGS AND INSTRUMENTS
Learn a simple song like Feliz Navidad or dig deeper into the customs of Puerto Rico or beautiful Villancicos — Christmas carols — from Latin America. And play along on your own homemade instruments such as set of maracas or make your own guiro at home to play along.
BREAK OUT THE HOMEMADE HORNS FOR NEW YEARS EVE
In South Africa, you can hear what a horn that has been called “the world’s most annoying musical instrument.” A homemade version of this soccer stadium classic is easy to make and perfect for welcoming in a New Year!
Watch out for Part II of the remaining activities in our 12 days of multicultural musical activities!