TIPS & IDEAS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND GROUP LEADERS
Music with Babies, Toddlers and 4 to 7 Year Olds
As children continue to develop their sense of humour and language skills you can take music to another level again! It’s fun to ask children to contribute to the words of a song and fill in the blanks for example. This encourages their creativity. Social skills are more developed too and so they enjoy group songs and musical activities. Make the most of children visitors to your home to involve everyone in some group music – it’s a lot of fun. They and you can have enjoyment singing with some musical instruments, even impromptu ones made from things found in the house, to form a band. They still love to have you join in the music activities too!
Using the “Black and White Cow” 3D Animated Video with 4 to 7 Year-Olds
Children in this age group see different humour to toddlers when they experience animated videos, songs and song books such as “Black and White Cow” and really enjoy picture books with matching songs as they read along! This song and story are valuable for developing and using memory skills because of the fun cumulative nature of the words – itchy, munchy, dirty etc. Children develop the skill of memorizing the order of the words. The Sing along Karaoke version of the 3D animated video has the lyrics on-screen and is great for children who can read, are learning to read or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cow in this video has lots of personality and has lots of little challenges in her life – and despite them all she is still a happy and contented cow! There is a subtle message in there!