I have had a lot of questions recently about the musical resources I use during playgroup, so I thought I would write a post about my absolute favourite website, Optimum Percussion.
Anything in Boomwhacker colours or “Colour Coded”
Boomwhackers are a great resource by themselves! These long plastic tubes are pretty indestructible and to make a sound, you have to hit them on the floor, with each other or onto a hard surface. This makes them perfect for children who are full of energy.
Boomwhackers come in vibrant colours. Optimum stocks other instruments in these colours, making theme “colour coded”. This means children are easily able to associate the sound of a note across various instruments with a specific colour. Check the desk bells and the chime bars that follow the colour pattern. I use all of these on a regular basis.
Children should be exposed to instruments from all across the world. Although Optimum Percussion is and Australian Company, they have a wide range of world instruments that are of great quality. My absolute favourite would have to be my Hapi Drum. Although it was expensive to buy, the Hapi drum is every child (and parent’s) favourite instrument. It is tuned to the Pentatonic Scale, which means no matter what you play, it will always sound good. It also helps that it’s beautiful sound reminds you of a day spa! Rain Shakers are another great instrument, especially these ones that can go on your child’s wrists or ankles, and who can forget Castanets?!