How can you strengthen the development of your child’s motor skills, language skills, and emotional management? The answer is both delightful and simple: music. Encouraging your child to foster a love of music early will help them throughout their entire life. Children who enjoy and/or play music have more self-confidence. They understand teamwork, too. Plus, if they go on to become interested in learning a musical instrument, then they can improve their math skills, as well. With all of those benefits, how can you resist nurturing a love of music in your child? Here are some surefire tools to get you started!
Looking for an easy tool that will allow you to introduce your kids to music? All you need is a playlist. Create it on your phone, go to YouTube, or keep it old-school and make a mix CD. However you do it, you can integrate music into your little one’s life by playing it all the time. If it’s naptime, then you can play a series of lullabies. Time to eat? There’s a playlist for that. You can even make chores more fun by playing dance music during toy clean-ups.
It’s no surprise that you have an array of tools at your fingertips. Go to your app store and you’ll find hundreds of kid-friendly music apps designed to engage and teach children of all ages. From virtual baby mobile apps to developmental apps that combine music with high-contrast images, you can make screen time valuable with interactive apps or stick to auditory apps that focus on playing music and sounds.
What’s better than musical home decor? Use accessories and decorations as tools to teach your child to love music. It can start with your baby’s crib mobile and extend to special keepsake items, such as your little one’s first music box. Consider picking out something that features movement, as well, such as a twirling ballerina or a prancing mouse. Visualization can help your child to focus on the music.
To enthrall your child, give them a toy that plays music, too. Choose a playmat with a dangling toy that plays a tune. Toss them a ball that emits music as it sails through the air or across the floor. Your child may respond to a stuffed animal that plays a lullaby, an interactive musical toy, or a toy figure that can sing a song. No matter what the case, there’s a musical toy that your little one will love. That can be the only tool necessary to spark a lifetime love of music.
Feel free to take it a step further by introducing your child to musical instruments at a young age. Infants can hold small rattles and tambourines in their hands. As your kid gets older, you can add instruments to follow their skill level. Almost all babies and toddlers respond to percussion instruments, for example, bongo drums and maracas. Pianos are popular with small hands and feet, too. Learning how to play music can inspire your child’s creativity and enhance their self-confidence.
Let’s go all the way to nurture a love for music in our little ones! To introduce smaller children to music, all it takes is a fashionable accessory. Look for little bracelets, anklets, arm warmers, and socks with jingle bells sewn onto them. Especially perfect for infants, these little extras will delight your baby as they learn how to control their arms and legs. Hearing themselves jingle will also create an appreciation for rhythm and sounds.
Music makes people happy – and that includes young people. You’re setting your children up for success when you integrate music into their lives as early as possible. What’s your little one’s favorite song?