By Neysela Da Silva-Reed
Recently, in Little New-Yorkers, we’ve been traveling the world exploring new countries that have influenced New York. This week, we’ll learn about a musical genre that has historic ties to this city: jazz! Come listen to scat and the amazing story Cool Daddy Rat this Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 15 at 3:30 pm.
Cool Daddy Rat explores the relationship between a young boy rat, Little Rat, who wants to be as cool as his bass-playing father, Daddy Rat, and shows how talent is sometimes shared between family members. After the book reading, join us for a fun-filled craft workshop. Make your own jazz basses, just like the one played by Daddy Rat! Here’s how you can do it at home!
What you’ll need:
- A bass template
- A pair of scissors
- Three pipe cleaners
- Scotch tape
How to make it:
Step 1: Take the bass template and decorate it–get creative!
Step 2: Select three pipe cleaners and make sure they’re straight
Step 3: Place them in the center of your bass. Bend the bottom ends towards the back and tape them into place
Step 4: Tape the top ends of the pipe cleaners to the front of your bass
Step 5: Hide the tape with the tip of the bass template and you’re done!
Here’s another funky bass made by a Little New-Yorkers: