Here’s some news that will be music to most parents’ ears: musical play is not only fun, but also good for your child’s brain development.
A recent study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute revealed that musical experiences in childhood can speed up brain development, particularly in relation to language and reading skills.
According to this source, music can support learning and development in a range of areas, including:
- Social and emotional
- Overall literacy
But this doesn’t mean you need to start piano lessons when your child is still in nappies! The beauty and joy of music is that it is easy to introduce music into your little one’s life every day. Whether you’re listening to soothing CDs in the car, singing a lullaby at bedtime or teaching your child a nursery rhyme – there’s minimal effort and maximum enjoyment involved!
Here are five fun ways to introduce musical play into your everyday routine:
- Make nursery rhymes fun
Once your child has mastered the words to a favourite nursery rhyme such as “Mary had a little lamb” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, why not expand their language knowledge by making up your own silly words? For example, you could sing “Baa, baa black bunny” or “The Grand old Duke of Cape Town”.
- Counting songs
Singing together is a wonderful way to teach your child to count. The rhythm and rhyme may make it easier for them to remember their numbers in the right order. Popular songs are: “One, two, buckle my shoe” and “One, two, three, four, five – once I caught a fish alive”. TOWER kids have a lovely range of bright and colourful number stickers that you could use to add an extra layer of fun to this experience. Ask your child to choose the relevant sticker as they sing each number, or make your own number chart together that you can point to each time you sing. This will help with number recognition.
- ABC, sing with me!
Teaching your child their ABCs is a lot easier and more enjoyable when you sing the alphabet song (i.e. “A, B, C, D, E, F, G… and so forth to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”). A great time to go through the alphabet in this way is during bath-time, when there are no other distractions and you have your child’s full attention. To take advantage of this special learning and playing time, you can use TOWER kids letters and numbers, which are made from EVA foam and stick to the bath tiles when wet.
- Water instruments
If your child loves singing in the bath or shower, why not add some music to the mix with TOWER’s floating Water Xylophone and Water Flutes? These water-friendly instruments make it fun for your little ones to experiment with sound and learn the basics of playing an instrument. Both products come with easy-to-follow, colour-coded music sheets. Of course, it’s loads of fun making up your own tunes, too!
- DIY drum or shaker
If your child loves crafting, why not spend an afternoon making a DIY drum or shaker. All you need is a used and cleaned infant formula tin or a cardboard tube, such as the inside of a toilet paper roll. Simply fill the tin or tube with rice and then seal with the formula lid or fasten wrapping paper to either end of the cardboard tube. Then, spend some time decorating the instrument with TOWER stickers.
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