Music is good in every way for your child’s emotional, social and intellectual development. Whether you are singing together, listening to your favourite recordings, creating sound makers or looking at books, music can contribute so much to your child’s growth and well-being. Here are some ideas to try with your child:
- Singing lullabies to your child or doing finger-plays like “Five Little Monkey’s” are wonderful ways to share music with your child. Making music together invites cuddling and creates bonds of affection.
- Music can soothe a child or bring a smile. Don’t hesitate to add familiar songs and nursery rhymes to daily routines like diapering, feeding or sleep time. They are calming and make these experiences more loving and interactive.
- Why not play your favourite music and dance with your child? You can salsa or waltz, limbo or line dance…add some scarves and pretend to be belly dancers! Moving to music encourages physical coordination and imagination as you respond to its rhythms and make up steps together.
- You and your child can create instruments from household things. Pie plates are super cymbals. A plastic bottle with water or rice in it makes a fine shaker. An ice cream container and two wooden spoons can beat out lively tunes! The sweetest sounds can come from instruments we make ourselves.
- The simplest songs and rhymes can teach musical concepts such as beat, tempo and rhythm. Babies and toddlers can experience these things physically when parents do knee bounces like “To Market, To Market”. Older children are more able to keep the beat with instruments like shakers as they recite the rhyme.