Fun music activities for preschoolers
In order to know how to teach a child reading fast and easy, you need to involve him/her in various children's activities. Among them, one of the most important is music activities for preschoolers. By the way, movement and physical activities are equally important as they directly influence cognitive development.
Music activities combined with reading exercises can make the process of teaching reading more exciting and fascinating. The tricky part is to keep these activities educational but it is as important to have fun and enjoy them!
There are various music and movement activities out there, so we would like to highlight some that we found the most helpful and interesting.
For children singing is a very important tool to develop creative and artistic individual patterns in early childhood development. Children’s singing should always start with vocal warm-ups.
Kid’s songs need to be short with a steady beat that is fairly easy to learn. Children enjoy songs that are easy to memorize and where a lot of words are repetitive. Sometimes children add extra lines to songs or change some words in them. It will be a good idea to add some fingerplay or clapping activities to your songs.
There are many children's songs available - check it out to find your favorite. While singing with children different songs, it’s important for you to know songs as well. Children will be looking at you, imitating your face and your voice. Be enthusiastic about singing and singing will become your child’s new found passion!
Musical instruments for kids
Introducing musical instruments to kids is an important part of opening a new world of music to your child. There are many musical instruments for kids available nowadays - drums, bells, shakers, harmonicas, guitars, and keyboards.
Children love musical instruments as they are very interested in rhythm and musical patterns. It will be a very interesting experience for you and your child to learn how to make children’s musical instruments yourself.
Make your own musical instruments
Materials: empty 0.5L water bottles, coffee beans or rice, crystals, sparkles, large coffee container, chopsticks, bells, wrapping paper, glue gun.
- You can use empty 0.5l water bottles to create musical shakers. Just put some coffee beans or seeds inside, decorate a bottle with crystals using a hot gun. Make two shakers and use them to create your beat while singing your favorite children’s songs or nursery rhymes!
- Make drums from a large coffee container with a big round lid. Decorate it with wrapping paper, use a glue gun to add decorations. While for obvious reasons you cannot let your child use the glue gun, it will be nice to ask for his/her advice while decorating your musical instruments for toddlers. Use chopsticks as your drumming sticks.
- Another great way to use chopsticks is as maraca or rumba shaker. Put small bells at the end of a chopstick and fix it either with a thread or a glue gun, enjoy shaking it to your tune!
- As you make each instrument and introduce it to your child, do not expect from a child to have an amazing rhythm straight away. At first, your child might just experiment with an instrument. For instance, bang it too hard or hardly touch it, just to see how it works.
- Introduce musical instruments one by one to your child, so he/she has some time to adjust to them, and find out which one they like better than others.
Music activities are very important during early childhood development years. They promote your child's artistic abilities, increase your child's vocabulary (as children are learning so many new words), promote reasoning and develop mathematical skills in your child.
- Edwards L. C. (2013). Music and Movement. A way of Life for the Young Child (7th Edition). Upper Sadly River, NJ: Pearson.