From the time a child is born, they are exposed to music. From lullabies at night to the radio in the car to banging pots and pans when they start crawling, music is a part of their life.
Fortunately, there is a variety of benefits from music for preschoolers, so we recommend encouraging it as much as possible. If you’re not sure how to add music into your child’s life in a way that is engaging and supports their development, we’re sharing five music activities for preschoolers.
1. Play “Name That Tune”
This is a great way to incorporate music activities when you’re in the car or waiting at the doctor’s office. Take turns humming, tapping, or even singing the lyrics to a song your child is familiar with and see if they can name that tune. It’s not only good for passing the time, but it’s also a good way to encourage active listening skills.
2. Make Musical Instruments
Challenge your preschoolers to make their own music by creating their own instruments!
- Add dry beans to an empty container
- Add rice to an empty tube and seal the ends with tape
- Explore the sounds when blowing across empty water or soda bottles of different sizes
- Make a xylophone from different sizes of wood scraps
Use the instruments to keep the beat with songs or even make up their own songs and tunes.
3. Musical Painting
This is a great way to get creative! Simply put on a song or music and let your child paint how the music makes them feel or how they visualize the music. This activity often works best with music that doesn’t have lyrics, like jazz or classical, because it lets them interpret what they imagine or think of when they hear it. For a truly sensory experience, use fingerpaints, or for a less messy activity, go with watercolors or even crayons.
4. Repurpose Songs to Teach New Skills
Music is an excellent way to teach and reinforce concepts, ideas, and skills, like any parent and child who has watched Daniel Tiger can attest. Get creative and replace nursery rhymes and songs with:
- Breaking down chores into simple steps
- Ways to regulate emotions
- Morning “checklist” of how to get ready for the day
- Evening “checklist” of getting ready for bed
For example, to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus,” create a song to get ready in the morning:
“After we get up we change our clothes, change our clothes, change our clothes. After we get up we change our clothes and put our pj’s in the laundry.” Then “After we get dressed, we eat breakfast…” And so forth.
It doesn’t have to be perfect at all, but it will make chores, getting dressed, and those challenges easier to remember and more enjoyable!
5. Explore New Genres of Music
Exposing your child to different kinds of music is like exposing them to new foods. It may take a few tries to get them to enjoy something, but it’s okay to keep trying. Pop, rock, country, jazz, classical, R&B, rap – pull up channels on Spotify or another streaming service or play your favorites from different genres. You can simply play it as background music as you go about the day, explore new ways to dance to different genres with your children, or discover the types of instruments and sounds used in the music.
Learn How Our Raleigh Preschool Incorporates Musical Activities
At Primary Beginnings, we use musical activities all the time to teach new ideas and information to children, as well as simply have fun. If you’re looking for five-star child care for your preschooler, call us at our Spring Forest location at (919) 790-6888 or our North Hills location at (919)785-0303 to request a tour of one of our North Raleigh child care centers or fill out the contact form below.