Music and songs for children
Giving kids lots of experience with music and songs is good for children’s development in general, not least their language development. Songs and music strengthen and clarify those aspects that give language meaning, such as prosody, rhythm, intensity, emphasis, pitch (the so-called suprasegmentals). Experience with these aspects of language in songs and music can help kids be well-equipped to recognise variations in language.
Singing is a good, motivating way for children to hear even more repetitions of language without it getting boring, and because the number of words per minute in songs are reduced, it’s easier for children to detect new words and terms.
Give your child the chance to sing along. At the beginning, they can take part in gesture-play songs by performing the gestures along with you, but after a while will probably start to use a singing voice and/or join in with single words or sounds from the song’s lyrics.
The child’s own experiences with singing can help them to control their voice better when talking, including the use of the previously mentioned meaningful aspects: prosody, rhythm, intensity, emphasis, pitch.
Fun musical instruments for kids
Children as young as newborns react in their body when they hear music. Singing and music provide a way to communicate, even for babies. Aside from this form of communication, music and songs also have significance for the child’s other forms of communication.
Musical toys strengthen children’s learning capacity. Introducing your child to music and songs is good for their development in general ‒ but the potential for language development through music is particularly significant. Musical toys stimulate children’s imagination and help them imagine stories in their mind. Children that have listened to lots of music and songs may find it easier to learn language, as songs and music appeal to both sides of the child’s brain.
A cute toy guitar or a fun music box
Songs and musical instruments for children also allow kids to experiment more with language. Let your imagination run wild with all kinds of musical instruments for kids. Whether these may be toy guitars, music boxes or rattle blocks. All of it contributes to your child’s general development.
There is also a wide range of musical toys for the littlest children. A toy guitar makes for a fun beginner’s instrument and benefits your child’s fine motor skills. And who knows, perhaps their cute children’s guitar will turn your little one into the next big rock star!