Our Recap and Parent Tips from Music and Rhythm Week
Music is important for a child’s development and a great form of expression. It helps to boost brain power and self-confidence. Immersing your child in music teaches discipline and fosters creativity whilst encouraging movement at a young age.
At Jenny’s ELC Epsom, we organised a lot of great activities for our Music and Rhythm Week. The children participated in singing and dancing activities in small and large groups. We used all sorts of instruments such as, shakers, bells, drums and tambourines, as well as making our own instruments out of recycled materials! Finger drums, rainmakers, guitars and shakers were just a few.
Together they searched their rooms to find a variety of objects (pots and pans) that can make sound. This encourages children to explore, become engaged and work in teams to discover new things. Children learn about cause and effect by hitting and shaking instruments hard and softly, fast and slow.
All of our favourite nursery rhymes were as popular as ever this week, including ‘Open, shut them’, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’, ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ and lots more! These songs were also sung with Tina from Hey-Dee-Ho who visited on Monday to perform her regular music and movement session with the Cubs, Giraffes and Zebras.
Children used their social and emotional skills by interacting with one another through singing and dancing. Tina visited again on Wednesday to do a yoga relaxation session with the kinder children. She had flash cards with different animals on each and as she held them up, the children posed as the pictured animal using their bodies. Stretching and balancing to music allows the children to gain a strong sense of identity, confidence within themselves and keeps them active and healthy.
We’ve listed the top 5 activities to keep the spirit of Music and Rhythm Week alive:
- DIY Ribbon Wand
Using a chopstick and a few long pieces of ribbon; attach the end of the ribbon to the chopstick with sticky tape or glue.
Play music and let your child dance around making patterns with the ribbon to the sound of the music. Demonstrate different actions to different tempos, e.g. sharp movements to music with a strong loud, beat and softer, smooth movements to more classical, instrumental music.
- Musical Statues
This classic game involves children dancing to the music and freezing when the music stops. It can be played with 1 or more people. You can eliminate each round to determine one winner or just play for fun and appoint Freeze Champs for the stillest pose each round.
- DIY Tin Can Drum
Clean out the old paint can in the garage or a few cans of peeled tomatoes, tip them upside down and voila! your children have their own, fun-size drum kit. For extra fun, introduce glow stick drumsticks that they can use to channel their inner John Bonham.
- Rice Maracas
Fill an empty water bottle with dry, uncooked rice and firmly seal the lid. Decorate the bottle with patterned tape to create a colourful instrument. Generate sound by shaking and shifting rice from one end of the bottle to the other.
- Sing-a-long Bedtime stories
Change up the bedtime story book routine and introduce musical bedtime stories. Allow your children to join in with well-known classics or make up your own.
The nursery rhymes we have been singing this week include:
- Hey Diddle Diddle
- Twinkle Twinkle
- 5 Little Ducks
- Open, Shut them
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- The Grand Old Duke of York
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
- The Wheels on the Bus
- Frere Jacques
Children and noise often come hand-in-hand but this chaos can be channeled into more productive play with these activities.
Making music is an important part of children’s learning and development and as Peery and Peery (1987) believe – “Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking”.