Experts have unequivocally established that enriching your kids’ life with music from a tender age has numerous developmental benefits including language, emotional, social, intellectual and in some cases even motor skills. There are several was to naturally and seamlessly incorporate music into your lifestyle to nurture young minds. In this article, you will find out creative ways to introduce music to your child:
Find a creative way to incorporate music into your daily routine
Ensure there is always music playing in your home: Most parents choose to use cartoons on TV as a way to calm down children.
Music can be used for the same purpose. Whether you are just chilling at home or driving your kid somewhere, music in the background is a great way of ensuring they are acclimatized to it.
Sing your baby a lullaby each night
This is probably one of the most obvious ways to introduce your child to music at a young age. Sing lullaby to your baby from the time they are born. Start with reading them a bedtime story followed by a soothing lullaby. Reliable studies have established that a slow beat gently sang calms and relaxes a child. Additionally, they are also introduced to music at a tender age.
Teach your child how to whistle
The idea that your child can make music using their mouth will be exciting and exhilarating to them. Although it is generally a skill that most adults take for granted, it is one of the most creative way to introduce music to a child while still very young. Additionally, it is also a free and fun way to pass time.
Watch TV with catchy songs
Watching programs with catchy tunes such as Dora the Explorer, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Sesame Street is one of the best ways to help your kid develop an interest in music.
Also look for TV programming that features classical music and minimum talking such as Fantasia and Looney Tunes. Scientifically speaking, classical songs are closely linked to elevated moods, decreased stress levels, better physical performance and even heightened intelligence.
Teach your child games that incorporate music
By the time they are toddlers; kids have a lot of energy and will have trouble just sitting lazy. One f the best ways to keep them busy is by teaching them games that involve music. You will realize that your little goober responds extremely well to music when they are also able to experience it through snapping, clapping, running and a host of other activities. Some great ideas to get you started in the right direction include:
- Games involving hand motion such as The Itsy Bitsy spider and ‘Miss Mary Mack’
- Try music that actively involves dancing such as ‘London Bridge
- Creative games like Music Chairs give you the freedom to choose a song that you believe your child responds to the best.
Introduce musical toys and musical instruments at a young age
There are so many musical toys in the current market some that will be very exciting to kids include toys and even books that play music when a button is pushed. This will intrigue and captivate your child, most importantly it will familiarize them with music. When they are approaching 2 years old a great way to keep them engage is introducing toy xylophones, plastic electronic keyboards, toy pianos and toy guitars. This way they will be able to experiment creating their own sound.
Introduce your kid to video games
To most parents, video games are an absolute NO especially when kids are still very young. The truth is that idea games are only harmful when done excessively; in moderation they are extremely beneficial.
Aside from helping your child learn how to use electronic devices, video games also feature pretty interesting background music. Playing video games in moderation early in life also helps develop and nurture essential skills such as empathy, communication and problem solving.
Encourage your child to participate in musical activities
If you introduce them to music at early age, as they get older you will notice that they want to do more activities centered on music. Never force only encourage and motivate them to participate in musical activities such as:
- Taking singing lessons
- Musical instrument lessons such as learning to play piano or guitar
- Let them try out a religious school or camp
- Participating in musical contests
Experts have unequivocally established that enriching your kids’ life with music from a tender age has numerous developmental benefits including language, emotional, social, intellectual and in some cases even motor skills.
Introducing your kids to music at an early age will make them consider music a special and normal part of their lives. If your child happens to have any talent on the musical front it will help them nurture it at a tender age