Children naturally love music! Whether it’s soft and soothing or a lively tune, children feel it both physically and emotionally. From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy, and to engage and interact. Parents can build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact child development.
Listening to, learning and playing music has beneficial effects for children of all ages.
The study of music develops:
- Counting and other math skills
- Listening abilities
- Language usage
- Memory and recall skills
- Spatial-temporal reasoning
- Abstract reasoning
- Physical coordination (gross- and fine-motor skills)
Since young children are in the sensitive period for learning about sound, it’s important to give them beautiful music experiences that have a purpose. When we share songs, dances, and musical instruments with young children, we give them the experience of actively engaging in “making music.” This activity is what gives them what they need for healthy development, as opposed to passively hearing recorded music that is constantly playing in the background.
There is SO MUCH you can do with music in Montessori education! One activity children love most is creating their very own musical instruments, and we are going to show you how….
Tubular cardboard bells
- Get a sturdy cardboard tube.
- Pierce holes at regular intervals round the outside.
- Using a needle and thread attach bells to tube.
- Presto!…a cheap and very cool little instrument.
Thick cardboard tubes from inside a roll of tinfoil work best as they are the most durable, but wrapping paper tubes would also work pretty well. Use a fairly thick thread to attach the bells to the tube. Take your time to reinforce and attach the bells very securely. Please keep in mind they could potentially come off from time to time, so take care around little ones and always have them use with adult supervision.
- Separate embroidery hoops and lightly sand.
- OPTIONAL: Paint the outermost rim of the embroidery hoop. Let dry, then apply a second coat of paint. With a foam brush, apply a layer of Polycrylic finish to seal the paint.
- Wrap rubber bands around the inner circle of the embroidery hoop.
- Nest inside the outside hoop so that the rubber bands are perpendicular to the screw. Tighten the screw.
The little “guitar” works best when laying flat on a surface and plucking upward.
Popsicle Stick Harmonica
- Sandwich a strip of paper (the size of a popsicle stick) between 2 Popsicle Sticks
- Wrap a rubber band around one end until it is snug.
- Slide a toothpick (cut the width or just wider than the Popsicle Stick) to the inside of the rubber band.
- Sandwich a second toothpick (cut the same size as the first one) at the other end of the Popsicle sticks, and wrap with a rubber band.
Works best when you place one toothpick on top of the paper and one toothpick under the paper.
- Fill glasses bottles or jars with different amounts of water
- Add some liquid food colouring to make rainbow colours
- Line them up beside one another making sure to leave a little bit of space in between each
- Use any object to “play your music”
Try experimenting with mallets of different materials to explore different sounds (wood chopsticks, metal teaspoons, hard plastic straws or sticks). We found that the thinner the glass you use, the better this will work.
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