Jungle Jam

Promoted Skills

Product Description

This colorful, unique set of instruments has a jungle theme.  Giraffe maracas, tribal hand drum, snake drumsticks, bird and antelope whistles, alligator clapper, and leopard drum with a tambourine top are included.  Children can create their own beats and music as they play the instruments together in a group or by playing each instrument individually. Phthalate-free, BPA-free and lead-free.

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Motor planning skills are used when operating the instruments, particularly shaking the alligator to make its mouth clap and twisting its belly to make ratcheting sounds.

Play Ideas

  • Children can close their eyes and attempt to identify the instrument that they pick up.
  • Create a canopied jungle setting for a child who needs reduced sensory stimulation and only gently shake the maracas or lightly tap the drum for a more soothing sound.
  • A child with oral motor needs could use the whistle for additional stimulation.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Different types of fabric could be added to certain instruments or the drum container to give the child different tactile experiences.
  • Add a cloth on the bottom of the container. This will help muffle the sound when the instruments are dropped inside.

Communicative 4

Skills

  • Children can learn action words such as “go/stop” when playing the instruments; “in/out” when taking the toys from the container; and “push/pull” when playing antelope whistle.
  • Parallel, interactive and cooperative play can all be encouraged when playing these instruments.
  • Children are encouraged to take turns by sharing the instruments and demonstrating how their instruments sound. 

Play Ideas

  • Have children sit in a circle. A caregiver can call out a child’s name to play his instrument. Then have the child say another child’s name or point to another child for him to play.
  • Ask the children to make an animal sound that corresponds with the instrument they are holding.
  • Ask a child to identify the colors on the instruments they are playing with. 

Adaptation Ideas

  • For children who are nonverbal, provide cards with colors or words of colors on them. Ask the children what color an animal is and have them point to one or more picture cards.
  • For a child who has trouble using the whistles, begin by giving that child a straw to practice blowing bubbles in water or a cotton ball across the table. This can help teach the child what action is needed to blow the whistle.

Physical 3

Skills

  • Eye-hand coordination is promoted as children bang on the tambourine, or hold and shake the other instruments.
  • Coordinated, rhythmic movements can be incorporated into play when multiple children create the same beat, using the same movements on the beat.
  • Children can increase finger and hand control when reaching into the drum for an instrument or by manipulating each instrument to make its intended sound.

Play Ideas

  • Allow children to close their eyes and reach deep into the drum to select an instrument.
  • Children with unrefined hand movements can play the tambourine by swiping the bells with their hand to make music.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Add Velcro straps to the maracas, hand drum and alligator to make holding the instruments easier.
  • Use an elastic cloth hair band around a child’s hand and instrument to help maintain a grasping position for play.
  • For a child who has trouble using the whistles, begin by giving that child a straw to practice blowing bubbles in water or a cotton ball across the table. This can help teach the child what action is needed to blow the whistle.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$49.99
Age Range:
3+
Directions:
None
Levels of Play:
Five or More Levels
Storability:
Self Storing
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Jungle Jam

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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