Ethan ADORES music. As mentioned in my earlier 13th month report, he would clap his hands whenever he hears any music being played. When the TV is tuned to MTV, he would pause to look at the TV and clap his hands. When he plays with his toys that emit music, he would clap his hands and smile. Last night after watching American Idol, I was singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and he clapped when he heard me singing… is that awesome or what?
So far he has 2 musical intrument-like toys. The first one given by Ethan’s Ah Koo and Ah Kim is a mini keyboard with options to choose different sounds of different musical instruments. We can produce tunes on the keyboard itself, but there is also a shortcut button. When the shortcut button is pressed, the toy will play one of 4 melodies. Our boy has learnt the shortcut “key” and will press this button to get the melody and then clap his hands in glee! Pssst….. I think it was Daddy who taught him the shortcut button!
The other musical instrument toy is a banjo, presented to Ethan by Uncle Kong Aik, one of Pete’s colleagues. Ethan hasn’t quite mastered it yet, but he certainly tries! He still claps his hands when we play the tunes on the banjo for him though.