Benefits of Music Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
For young children who do not yet have the power of speech, the power of music is a wonderful thing. Songs and musical play encourage toddlers to express themselves and better understand their feelings.
Through music toddlers can:
- explore and discover the world around them
- develop their memories (ie. repeating the words and actions to songs and rhymes)
- practice patterns (ie. rhythmic or melodic) and mathematical concepts (counting – 5 little ducks etc)
- build muscles in their arms, legs and trunk (gross motor development) by dancing (to both fast and slow music), making musical sounds such as banging a drum or jumping on bubble wrap
- build small muscles in their hands and fingers (fine motor development) through fingerplays such as Eensy Weensy Spider or Open Shut Them
- develop literacy and language skills (singing songs and rhymes provides opportunity to practice language and decipher meaning as well as develop phonological awareness ie. learning to recognise and use different sounds)
And we cannot forget to mention the most important benefit of sharing music with little people – that it makes them feel loved and valued.
Music For Preschoolers
Most preschoolers love music and have favourite songs (ie. Baby Shark) which they enjoy singing and dancing to over and over again. But did you know that this is the perfect age to introduce your child to new styles and types of music? What’s more it is a great time to foster your child’s developing musical skills and abilities.
When your child listens to music, sings songs and moves to the beat they are enjoying experiences which stimulate all of their senses. Many researchers believe that this type of activity creates multiple pathways between the cells in their brains. Although listening to music can establish these pathways, the strongest neural connections occur when a child actively participates in music.
Since the days of ancient Greek philosophy, music has been seen as therapeutic. In this modern age you only have to watch a feature film to see how music helps to create and manipulate moods. Just as adults are affected by music, so are children who may find music relaxing, pleasurable, irritating, stimulating, exciting, happy or sad. Listening to and creating different types of music teaches children more about their emotions, which in turn can lead to increased emotional intelligence (the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and groups).
In fact, research shows that children who play or sing music regularly:
- start school with higher levels of reading and math ability
- have clearer focus and body control
- interact more confidently with other children
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I sing and demonstrate the actions. You’ll soon be singing along, sharing smiles and giggles with baby and feeling great for playing an active role in your baby’s development.