Children find their rhythm as musical minis hit the right note

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YOUNGSTERS from The Market Place Children’s Centre in Hucknall have been hitting the high notes during a musical minis event this week.

The one-off attraction was organised by SureStart and is a child-centred programme aimed at promoting physical and social development through the use of music.

Children spent two hours making musical instruments of their own, including ribbon drums and bottle shakers, as well as taking part in dancing and singing.

Catherine Allsopp, enjoy and achieve development worker at the centre, said the event was a big success and was enjoyed by everyone who took part.

“All the children seemed to have a good time and we got lots of positive feedback from parents who said how much the children loved dancing and singing and taking their instruments home with them,” she said.

The musical minis programme targets skills including listening, anticipation, language development, rhythm and interacting with other children.

Youngsters taking part are encouraged to learn to shake in time to the music, developing a sense of rhythm — something that experts believe will assist in the development of good speech.

The Market Place Children’s Centre is based at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street and is open to families with babies and children up to the age of five.

OUR PHOTOS show Ethan Edwards getting to grips with a drum and young Amber Mellors shaking to the musical beat — DISPICS NHUD11-2112-1 and 2