How music affects a child’s brain development

Before birth, we’re told that babies in the womb can hear our voices and music, and to stimulate the fetus’ brain, it’s recommended that you speak, sing and play music to your unborn baby. This can create a strong bond between you and them, and once born, your baby can find comfort in hearing these familiar sounds. 

As your child grows, music can be used to develop their brains further. Music can encourage numerous developments, such as social skills, sensory skills and memory skills. For example, a child singing along to a nursery rhyme has stored the words of the song in the part of the brain that stores memories, which will later help them to express their emotions, sing with other children and form friendships. 

This month, The Winchmore Hill Preschool will be covering some of the benefits music has on a child’s brain development and will go through the different types of music activities for preschoolers.

The benefits music has on a child’s brain development

Music is an essential part of cultures and is almost unavoidable. It is heard on television, in films, at the theatre, at shopping centres, and people sing to it at celebrations too. From birthday parties and sporting events to places of worship, there’s nearly always a reason to either listen to music or sing along to it. 

Let’s take a look at how music can be beneficial to the brain development of a child.

Effects music has on brain development in infants

Enhances their motor skills – Infants bop, wiggle and tap objects when listening to music. Silly and repetitive songs are their favourite during infancy.

Effects music has on brain development in preschoolers

Enhances their memory skills – Preschoolers love singing and loudly too because they aren’t self-conscious at this age. Between the ages of three and five, children can remember the words to songs, recall melodies and play instruments.

Effects music has on primary school children

Enhances their intellect – Primary school children use music to help them remember times tables, spelling and sequences of events. Children of school-age will express likes and dislikes for certain genres of music.

Effects music has on secondary school children

Enhances their social skills – Secondary school children tend to form friendships around their favourite music and may form a band if they play an instrument.

Music activities for preschoolers

Listening to music not only raises a child’s self-esteem and teaches them lots of skills but it’s also good fun for us parents too (even if their favourite songs do get a little repetitive).Music activities for preschoolers 

Here are some fun music activities for preschoolers: 

  • Musical matches
    Music activities for preschoolers such as music matches involve drawing, dancing and sound recognition, and is a great activity to start with. Firstly, draw different symbols on separate paper squares. For example, the symbols could be a star, sheep, bus, cake and shark. Next, play each song, encourage dance and let your little one present you with the symbol that goes with the song that you’ve just played. For example, let’s say you’ve just played ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, if their memory serves them well, they should present you with their star drawing.

  • Instrumental
    Play your child’s favourite songs without the words and get them to fill in the blanks. This will trigger their memory and get them singing loud and proud. Don’t forget to join in with them and bop along too – it’s bound to give your child a good giggle! Music activities for preschoolers such as the instrumental game is a great way to get them singing, dancing and remembering lyrics.

  • Focus music
    When your child is focusing on a task such as putting toys away, cleaning up, eating or playing arts and crafts, turn on some background music that will help to boost their focus. Classical and ambient music are great genres that are known to increase short-term focus in both children and adults.

  • Musical statues
    This game encourages your child to use a lot of different skills. Firstly, a child needs to listen and focus whilst they dance, which strengthens their concentration skills and motor skills. And the rules of the game means that they might be caught out if they’re not quick enough to respond to the music stopped, so they must learn to lose graciously if they are the last one to freeze.

  • Make your own music
    Let your child have some fun making their very own music. In the early years instruments such as drums, blocks, rattles, bells and chimes are easy for them to use and offer a rewarding sound. Playing with instruments is good for a child’s coordination, balance, creativity and sense of rhythm.

  • Tap that one back
    Using a drum or shaker, tap a simple beat, stop, and let your child play it back to you. This is a really easy activity that helps to develop their motor skills and memory skills. 

Connect with The Winchmore Hill Preschool

Giving your child the best possible start in life, The Winchmore Hill Preschool offers countless activities to assist your child in their exploration, discovery, creativity and learnings. Our range of activities includes performing arts, science and discovery, sport, dance and yoga to name just a few.

If you’d like to learn more about The Winchmore Hill Preschool, please get in touch with our dedicated team today. 

We hope this blog has been useful and that you try out some of our suggested music activities for preschoolers – trust us – they’ll love them! If you would like to read more, please follow this link through to our blogs page.

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