How Early Music Education Develop Your Children from Infants, Toddlers to Young Kids through Musical Toys
Every parent should have the experience of being proud of the new things that your kid(s) learned every single day. Whether it's just a new sound that they can make, or a small progress in their walking, these are just tiny precious things that parents so much cherish of.
The Golden Learning Period
The speed that children can absorb new knowledge is just like a sponge sucking water in. Many researches about early childhood learning have confirmed that children have their golden learning period from infant to 6 year-old. It is the period where your children explore and absorb new things including sounds, words, movements, as well as the golden period for brain development.
Benefits of Early Music Education
Many researches on early childhood music education have drawn conclusion that children can benefit from music educations, not only on their musicality, but also on:
1. development of language skills
3. parent-child relationship
4. social skills
5. cognitive development
Develop Music Education at Home
There are music playgroups available for infant, toddlers and young kids. You can also help your kids to develop musicality at home by using musical toys.
Below are some selected musical toys that could help your kids to benefit from early childhood music education.
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Kick and Play Piano
This kick & play piano associates baby’s physical movement with different tunes, which eventually can build up a song through kicking the soft pad. Via the music making process, babies would get familiar with the concept of having sound while kicking. The series of short tunes would help them recognize different sounds and be able to distinguish them. Their musicality would be subtly built.
Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano
Instead of using feet, this Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano emphasize on the usage of hands, ears and eyes. The speaker of the piano produces music tunes, as well as number-counting in 3 different languages. Your babies can also compose music via using different modes and keys. This piano is an advanced version of all average pianos for infant.
Music has millions of possible combinations. Using music notes or rhythm freely to create combination can help kids opening up their creativity potentials. Many music playgroup has activities in creating music while playing or just have children using their wildest imagination to play music together. You would never know how far kids can go with their creativity.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn: Learn and Move Music Station
This interactive music station provides a platform for toddlers to play different sounds, which are associated with color, counting, animals and greetings, etc. Your toddler(s) can create their own sound by exploring different items in the station and be as creative as possible.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table
This is a multiple player version of the music station. Same concept but at the same time toddlers can develop partnership and social skills with their friends through playing music and sounds together.
Parent involvement in playing the music table is also important, since you can lead your kid(s) in exploring different combinations of sounds, and at the same time having precious parent-child moments together.
For Young Kids
(3 to 6 year-old)
Kids from 3 to 6 year-old can develop a lot through playing with friends, with parents and with siblings. They not only can express their own feeling on music, like distinguishing high pitch from low pitch, but can also have control on choices of music. Sense of self-expressiveness, concentration and self-esteem can be built tremendously through playing music in this stage.
Crayola’s Beginnings’ Color Me Song
Crayola’s Beginnings’ Color Me Song is a very good tool to explore your kids’ creativity. The combination of coloring and making sounds creates a linkage between drawing and sound. Within 1 activity, you can find out how creative your kids are in terms of drawing and creating music.
Piano mats are very useful toy to develop your kids’ musical sense, in terms of pitch, rhythm and simultaneous physical reaction. Parent involvement is recommended, as you can act as a guidance to help your kids exploring the different music combinations with both hands and feet.
The Most Important Element: Encouragement
No matter which music playgroup or musical toys that you have chosen for your kids, the most important thing for your children is the encouragement and guidance that you, as parent(s), would give to your kids.
Through out the process of playing musical toys together, both you and your kids would be able to enjoy the benefit of early childhood music education.
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