How To Make Your Kids Brainy With Music
Give your preschooler a musical note
Children love music whether they are listening to it, using instruments or their own body to to dance to music. Research has shown that preschoolers that play a musical or are encouraged to participate fully in music develop good listening skills, high self esteem, are better at reading and have good memory and language skills. Furthermore, research has also indicated that there may be a link between mathematical skills and musical skills. This is because the right side of the brain controls maths, music and spatial understanding. Thus by fostering a love of music and participation in music, your child will literally be exercising the right side of their brain, which in turns enables them to cope with mathematical problems. Get songs for kids here.
Children do not just have to play a musical instrument to gain the benefits of music. Music games, dancing and singing are all equally as important and can be used to develop imagination, understanding of beat as well as give pleasure. There are a number of music games that children between the age of 2 and 5 can particulate in. You don't have purchase songs if you do not have any, there are many sites where you can get free music for children.
Musical Games To Stimulate the Brain
Copy what I do
- Select some music that is upbeat and your child will enjoy
- You start to move and they have to copy your movements,
- This is great with a group of children -you can all stand in a circle,
- Most young children will need an older child or adult to lead the moves.
- You could do robot moves, ballet dancer moves, poses and jumping moves.
A variation of this is mirror image . Stand in front of your child and explain that when you move your left arm they move their right arm and so on. Make sure your movements are slow for this music game. Get them to stretch, move left , move right and create big and small shapes with their body.
Dress Up and dance: Get your child to dress up as if they were going to a prom or ball dance. The girls could wear long dresses or boys could wear ties and waist bands.
- Let them enter the hall and be announced
- Hold hands and dance formally across the floor
- Dance in different styles, both formal and non-formal
Count The Beat (This is good for coordination and rhythm)
- Choose a piece of music that has a good beat to it.
- Encourage them to dance with you and count the beats.
- Count with them and let them count on their own.
- Clap hands to the beat, jump to the beat, get a xylophone and you can take turns playing to the beat and dancing.
Your child can make body shapes with music and imaginary instruments
They can make a different shape for loud sound and small sound.The can dance on the toes or by moving only their hand or one foot!
They can play an imaginary flute, piano or air guitar, drum, trumpet.They can beat the time using any two sticks - cryon, pencil,wooden spoon ,pens and pots and pans.
Sesame Street: Musical Scales
Sing musical scales with your child-
- You can sing scales from high to low and then from low to high.
- Sing different notes with your child and help them to recognise which is low and which is high.
- Encourage your child to sing with you and on their own.
- Sing softly and loudly, explaining to your child the difference.
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