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Making Music18 April 2019
Music is a valuable learning experience for children of all ages. Research shows that children who are actively involved in music (playing, singing, or listening):
- do better in reading and math when they start school
- are better able to focus and control their bodies
- interact better with others and have higher self-esteem
Music enables children to express themselves creatively, gain language and listening skills, practice co-ordination, and through movement gain motor skills. These are some of the reasons that Nurtured at Home subsidises Educators to attend a community Mainly Music group.
We can encourage children to engage with music by creating a “steady beat” using our hands to clap, banging on a drum, stamping our feet, or tapping rakau, all in time to music.
Here’s some music ideas you can create in your home:
- Castanets (using cardboard and bottle tops)
- Maraccas (using recyclable bottles)
- Cardboard box guitar
- Rakau (can also make these from paper towel rolls)
- Damru drum (using wooden spoons and beads)