Music and dance

There’s more to musical chairs than you think

Why music should be one of your child’s first teachers

They say that playing music while pregnant is not only a way for mom and baby to relax and bond, the soothing sounds can even stimulate early brain development. If music can do all this and more to an unborn child, just imagine the benefits it offers children outside the womb.

Benefits of music

The University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute conducted a study in 2016 that found that “musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills”. It also strengthens the connection between children’s bodies and brains.

Listening to music, making music and responding to music really does offer children a host of benefits, including:

  • Developing motor skills by dancing and playing a musical instrument (whether it’s beating on a pot with a spoon or blowing a recorder).
  • Strengthening language, literacy and communication skills as they learn the sounds and meaning of words.
  • Building social and emotional skills through dance as a form of self-expression and learning to sing and dance with others.
  • Enhancing cognitive skills by developing memory power, concentration and thinking skills.
  • Experiencing the joy that music brings to life.

6 ways to bring music into your home and classroom:

  1. Singalong CDs you can play anywhere.
  2. Musical instruments that let children bang, clang, jingle, strum and toot.
  3. Action songs like ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’, ‘I am a music man’, and ‘Baby Shark’.
  4. Musical games like musical chairs, musical statues, and pass the parcel.
  5. Put on a play, complete with song, dance, costumes and props.
  6. A musical basket filled with noise-makers you can find around the house – plastic bottles filled with beans, rice and macaroni, a wooden spoon, a soup spoon, a pot lid or two…the list is endless!

Truly Toys stock a wide range of musical toys and resources to help you share the joy of music with the little ones in your care. To find out more, please visit our website or contact us for a quote: 011 618 1337 / sales2@trulytoys.co.za.

At Truly Toys, we help you to be an even better parent or teacher by providing learning resources for dynamic play that encourage children’s development.

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