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Rai’s Musical Moments: Learning the Guitar

By |May 25th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play|Tags: , , , |

Have you got an old guitar lying around at home that is covered in dust? Have you ever wanted to lead a campfire singalong? Rai has the tutorial for you!

Just as with the Ukelele, learning the guitar is simply a matter of learning how to pin down the strings to the frets with one hand while strumming with the other. Rai shows us a few regularly used chords and takes us through some folk tunes to practice.

Rai’s Musical Moments: You Can Uke!

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , , |

Grab a ukelele and strum along with Rai as he teaches us the three simple chords C, F, & G.

These chords pop up in so many songs that after learning them you will be nearly ready to put on your own concert!

Rai also shows us a strumming pattern that adds a nice rhythm to many songs. You can experiment with your own strumming pattern as you play songs you know – maybe you’ll find one you like even more!

To print your own copy of the chord chart and song sheet, click on the images below.

Rai’s Musical Moments: One Person Band!

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , , |

Although Rai is an incredible one-man-band, watch this video to find out we can all make music together – even while staying apart.

If you’ve been watching all of Rai’s Musical Moments, by now you’ll know how to make a beat using your body or items from around your house, how to make shakers, and how to make a xylophone using glass jars and water.

Now, put those skills and instruments to good use – we’re making a song!

In this video, Rai records a sound from each of the instruments we have seen in previous episodes. Then, he uses computer wizardry to combine all the sounds into a super groovy tune.

If you (with a parent’s help!) record a 5 second clip of some sounds YOU can make and email it to us, Rai will make a song we have all shared in creating!

The Tallest Tower with Max

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , , , |

We’ve all heard the legends about towers as tall as the sky…. but can Max, our tallest Aeonite, build a tower taller than he is? Are you able to make something as tall as yourself – or another family member?

After you’ve built your tower, of course, comes the fun of knocking it down and starting all over again!

Get Moving with Enki: Fluid Movement

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever wanted mastery over the elements? To gain the power of water, first you must practice balance, flow, and focus. Enki takes us through a few drills that will strengthen your fluid movement.

You will need:
– a plastic container with some water in it
– a clear space that can get a bit wet (in case your focus breaks and you spill some water!)

Rai’s Musical Moments: Rainy Day Rainstick

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , , , |

Do you enjoy the peacefulness of a rainy day? The sound of raindrops falling on a window or roof can be magically soothing…

In this episode, Rai takes the opportunity of a rainy day inside to show us how to make a rainstick.

You will need:
– 1 medium to long sized cardboard tube
– small nails and a hammer (plus the help of an adult for nailing them in!)
– paper, scissors, and tape
– small grains or seeds, for example popcorn kernals
– things to decorate your rainstick – colourful tape, paper, or coloured textas

We’d love to see your best rain dance once you’re finished!

Rai’s Musical Moments Episode 4: Shake & Make

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , , , |

Rai brings us another groovy do-it-yourself instrument tutorial.

Shakers are easy to make using things you can find around your home – empty cardboard tubes or boxes, old spice or tea containers, plus a few teaspoons of rice or differently sized stones. You’ll also need some scissors, tape, and paper, plus anything you want to use to decorate your shakers.

And remember that 1, 2, 3, 4 beat from Rai’s first video? That will come in handy now, too! Use a strong shake on some beats and a weak shake on the other beats to create a funky rhythm.

Get Moving with Enki: Viking Training

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play|Tags: , , , |

Last week we practiced strength, focus, and balance as ninjas – this week, Enki transports us to the frozen fields of the Norse and shows us a few ways to move like a Viking.

You will need a stack of paperback books, a broom, and something to lift like a sack. Try a few things – a soft toy, a pillowcase with some towels stuffed into it, or a microwavable heat pack – and choose one that you can carry without bending to the side, but that still tires out your arms after a few minutes. This may take some experimentation!

Rai’s Musical Moments Episode 3: Glass Xylophone

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , |

Rai’s already shown us how to break out a beat – now make your own xylophone using a few things from around your home and you’ll be half way to a house band!

This fun activity will get you started experimenting with music. Why not try to come up with your own theme song?

You’ll need:
– some glass jars of various sizes
– water in a container
– something metal (like a kitchen spoon)

Maxwell’s Scavenger Hunt at Home

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: , , |

Can you beat the Prince of the Aeon Academy Scavenger Hunt at his own game?

After you’ve beat Maxwell’s speedy Scavenger Hunt time, challenge a family member to do it even faster! Or write your own unique list of things to find around the home, and swap your list with a friend. What will you come up with?

Max’s Scavenger Hunt at Home List

Hula Hooping with Hannah

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: Active Creative Play, Sparks Early Years|Tags: |

You’ll feel like a star circus performer once you master these easy hula hooping tricks!

In this video, Hannah will lead you through a calming warm-up, and then demonstrate three hula hooping techniques: hooping around your waist, hooping around your arm using the “stop sign” technique, and then hooping around your hands using the “prayer hands” technique.

After you’ve got the hang of it, why not put on a show for your family?

More hooping tips and tricks coming soon!


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