Moving and grooving with music
Children love moving to music, and regular movement helps them develop control, coordination and strength.
As they move, kids master skills like crawling, running, jumping and swinging. This is how they develop a sense of where their body is in space, and improve their balance, coordination and strength.
Dancing, musical games and movement activities develop their coordination, control and body awareness. This also provides the opportunity for kids to explore the beat, rhythm and tempo of music. Listening to songs and music further helps them develop their listening skills, language, vocabulary and memory.
Ways to enjoy music with them
- Listening to CDs and DVDs.
- Singing or listening to songs.
- Singing nursery rhymes or songs with actions.
- Action games.
- Playing musical instruments (check out some DIY instrument ideas here).
Move on the spot
Put some music on and try bending, pushing, stretching and twisting. You can explore moving at different heights, or create shapes with the body. Explore balance and control when stopping or keeping the body still to hold a pose.