Lyra has a strong grasp on cause and effect when it comes to sounds, recently. The following are the best examples I’ve seen:
Sophie the Giraffe: This is a super-trendy rubber food-grade painted teething toy in the shape of a giraffe. It came with the name Sophie. Sophie has a mild squeaker inside her – it’s not an annoying squeak nose, just a quiet one, which is good. Lyra has discovered that when she bashes Sophie on the floor, she squeaks. This is now a favourite pastime whenever she has Sophie in her hands.
The Piano: Adam plays piano with Lyra in his lap. She has not only learned how to bang on the piano keys to make sounds, she has also figured out by watching him that when he presses a specific button on the keyboard it changes the noise from piano to strings to oboe to whatever. She does both while sitting on his lap.
The Guitar: Lyra knows that when you pull your fingers along the strings of the guitar they make a noise. She also knows that when you smack the strings it makes a different noise. Noises are fun.
The wooden monkey rattle: When dropped on hardwood, the wooden monkey rattle makes a solid smacking noise – wood on wood. When in range, this is a repeated game.
Recorded music: Lyra knows that most songs seem to have accompanying visuals. When she hears a song she checks for said visuals on the tv screen and computer monitors.
The Djembe: So I saw this djembe for sale down at Lonsdale Quay on Friday when I walked down there with Eli. It was tiny… just the right size for, say, an eight month old. I considered the alternative – getting a plastic toy drum set or something similar from the toy store – and it seemed kind of pointless. Why not give her the real thing to start? It’s like learning to play guitar was for me – I got myself a reasonably nice sounding guitar, which meant that even if I wasn’t playing great, the guitar still sounded good – and that was encouraging. So why not give Lyra her own African hippie drum? So I did. She loves it, of course. She’s such a hippie. We’re such a hippie family.