Collaborative Post¦ There are a lot of small pleasures in life, but introducing your children to music for the very first time is one of them that you don’t want to miss out on. Music is a great way to not only connect with children, but to allow their imaginations to start turning over from a young age, no matter how old they are. Newborns benefit from soothing music and as they get older, they benefit from a range of music types that will enable them to dance, find their own rhythm and introduce them to a world of sound.
Children will learn to love music of all genres, and they will be able to immerse themselves in a specific music type as they get older. Some kids hit their teen years and bury themselves in rock music, wearing the clothes and makeup that reflect their favorite artists. Then there are others who love to emulate the rappers of the past with solid gold Cuban link chains and oversized basketball jerseys! The point is that music helps children to develop their own sense of taste and style, and introducing them to all ranges is so important. So, here are some of the best ways that you can introduce your kids to music while they’re still young.
- Make Instruments. It doesn’t take as much as you think to make instruments with your children. String and a tissue box make for a fun guitar, and you can add rice to empty water bottles and glue the lid on so that you have a set of maracas! There are plenty of homemade musical instruments that you can make with the kids and you can have so much fun doing it!
- Sing! From the musicals that you can buy on DVD to the old-school favorites that you grew up with (not to mention the nursery rhymes!), singing to your children is going to be the best way to get them involved in music. You might have sung to them while they were in the womb, or you may have a dance party in the lounge and play out the Greatest Showman musical in the house. Singing is a great way to inject music into their lives.
- Learn To Whistle. When did you learn how to whistle? Teaching your children how to whistle will help them to become involved in music. It’s a basic instrument you can help them to learn how to use without using an actual instrument. You can wait until they’re old enough to understand the concept of what whistling is, but you can also let them have a try!
- Actions & Words. When it comes to nursery rhymes, you can act out the songs with the kids and take it in turns. You can teach the kids to learn how to sing in rounds, and you can also do musical chairs, clapping games and more. Playing music games with the kids will help them to get involved in more musical interaction and they will love it!
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