What’s going on for baby?

During this stage toddlers are likely to respond very enthusiastically to music and songs. They will enjoy moving to music, using simple musical instruments and singing songs.

Music can contribute to a child’s development in many different ways. This includes physical activity, learning by watching, joining in with others, expressing feelings, pretend play, understanding their culture, concentrating, listening and communicating. All of these musical activities will give their brains a great workout in a fun and enjoyable way.

How can parents and whānau help?

  • Sing together as often as they can — nursery rhymes, waiata, popular songs, action songs and made up songs.
  • Go to a music group together or invite another child and their parent over for ‘music and movement’ play.
  • Dance together and move to music they like.
  • Play songs when they’re travelling in the car.
  • Use songs for specific times — ‘clean up’ songs when it’s pack-up time, ‘wind down’ songs for calming before bed, and ‘goodnight’ songs when it’s time for sleep.
  • Make simple homemade instruments like drums and shakers out of everyday items.
  • Explore sounds through listening games.
  • Encourage toddlers to pay attention to sounds in nature.

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