Shake Shake Shake


Purpose: Help your make music! Help your child learn to talk and love books.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Shake, Shake, Shake by Andrea Daves Pinkney
  • Musical Instrument
  1. Holding your child on your lap, read the book. Point to and talk about the instruments in the book.
  2. Show your child the instrument and the sounds it makes.
  3. Babies learn by touching. Let your child look at and touch the instrument. Your baby may try to put the instrument in his mouth. This is normal. Be sure to keep him safe by using clean toys that are not small, sharp, or dangerous.
  4. Help her play with the instrument and make sounds.
  5. Encourage your child by dancing, clapping, or singing.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Play different kinds of music for your child.
  • Make a shaker. Fill a small plastic container with dried rice. Put the top on the container and show your child how to shake it and make noise.
  • Listen to your child’s coos and babbles. Repeat her sounds. Let her “hear back” the cooing and babbling she “says” to you.
  • Sing to your baby every day. Sing lots of different songs. Make up silly songs to familiar tunes. Help your baby clap his hands or let him play the instrument as you sing. As your child gets older, have him sing the words with you!
Background Information:

Support your child’s school readiness in the area of the arts!

The arts involve:

  • Trying different art activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.


When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop these skills, as well as his language and literacy skills, by doing these activities.

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