Children of all ages are naturally drawn to music. Infants coo at lullabies, toddlers bang on pots and pans with a wooden spoon, and preschoolers sing and dance to music.
Children learn a variety of skills from musical experiences. Shaking, tapping, and beating instruments enhance fine motor development. Children listening for a beat, the sounds of different instruments, tones and lyrics are developmentally important listening skills.
To encourage children’s exploration of music, you don’t have to buy expensive instruments. Simple instruments can be made out of cans, wooden blocks, containers with beans or other small items. Adding props for movement and dancing enhances learning. Balance, coordination, rhythm and beat are all important skills for young children.
The other day on our way home from a weekend away, the kids started to get restless. I really didn’t want to put in a movie, so my mind drifted back to some of my favorite songs to sing while I was teaching. Instantly, I thought of Raffi and the wonderful songs that used to fill my classroom. I quickly used my phone and found some videos of him singing his songs on YouTube. We pulled up Apples & Bananas, 6 Little Ducks, Baby Beluga, and Down By The Bay. All were big hits. My kids were mesmerized. In fact they haven’t stopped singing the songs.
This got me thinking about other songs that I could share with the kids, both from my classroom experience and even further back to going to camp as a kid. So I created these Song_Cards to put in my purse and use while we are out and about, in the car and on the go. I hope you enjoy.
This experience reminded me that sometimes drawing inspiration from the past is a great way to connect with the ones you love in the present. I got to share some of my musical favorites with my kids and create memories that they can carry with them for a lifetime. I hope that one day they will share some of these musical memories with their children as well.
Have a Great Week!