Infants are sensorial learners. They use their highly sensitive senses to learn and own the world around them. I have been noticing over the last few months that cohort 6 is especially interested in exploring sound, either by creating it themselves or watching the sounds around them.
Fingers scratch canvas while painting. The sound seems to focus their attention, while they feel the cool slimy paint and create lines with their fingers.
We have have wooden drum that is well loved. Both hands drum on it strongly while others watch in wonder. Everyone also enjoys finding how other things around the room can become drums: wooden boxes, bowls, baskets.
Even the hardwood floors provide a perfect experiment for kicking feet and rolling toys.
All of the children seem in tune with the noises around them and either interact with their hands and body or watch, soaking it all in. I am also beginning to notice this watching turning to mimicry and the joy the children share between each other when they create the same sound or motion.