I bought them a tambourine, maracas, bongos and a xylophone. We are going to start a kiddie band this Christmas. BTW, I bought ear plugs for their parents! LOL!
After some thought, one of my friends emailed: "Musical instruments, you gave me an idea... those kids have everything these days.. it's so hard to find something original to buy for them."
I replied: "You can't go wrong with musical instruments. I ordered inexpensive kids' versions via amazon.com. You can teach lots of things with music - math (fractions, counting, etc.), discipline, fun, team work, etc. I know this from personal experience - having played musical instruments since 5th grade."
If you can't afford to buy the musical instruments, you can try making some - a bongo for example. You can make your own. There are instructions on the internet.
Otherwise, America is in big trouble!
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Watch this math teacher doodle with snakes and graphs!