TIPS & IDEAS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND GROUP LEADERS
Music with Babies, Toddlers and 4 to 7 Year Olds
It’s never too early to encourage music with your little ones. Studies support that babies hear while they are even in the womb and love the sound of music and singing from the time they are born. Especially lovely is to maintain eye contact and move gently with them in your arms as they watch and listen to you. This gives lots of sensory experiences including those that are visual, auditory and tactile. There are so many benefits in doing music with babies: bonding with parents, music can help to calm your baby, it improves cognition, gives lots of sensory experiences, and encourages brain development. Plus they gain skills in hand control through dancing with you and doing actions to the songs. They will love it and love you for it!
Very new babies also love to have stories read to them! And this is a great way to encourage joy in reading and books. It’s often about the animated, lilting or different tone people’s voices have when they read stories and as babies’ eye focus improves they love the coloured pictures and visual stimulation of the books. You could show them any one of the Rainbows and Sunshine books, such as “Black and White Cow”, with their bright, colourful pages from an early age, and we suggest you play the audio songs which come with the books (by CD or download) at the same time. It’s also fun to sing along with the audio! Sing to your baby right from the start…. your voice is magic to their ears, so even if you think you’re off-key, it’s OK and a beautiful thing to do with your baby!