Reasons to make music part of playtime
With this week being Clangers week, we have been inspired by their songs and whistles and taken a more in depth look at why music is such an important part of playtime.
The Clangers are instinctively melodious characters and music and tunefulness are often part of the storylines of the new series. Their ubiquitous and harmonious whistles are synonymous with the show and a way that they communicate with both each other and their audience.
Music plays an incredibly important part of your child’s life too. Whether it’s the radio playing in the car, music at schools and nurseries or tunes played on their favourite shows, it is often a tune they recognise and remember above all else.
Introducing music into playtime is also a way to help their subconscious learning. Listening and repeating favourite nursery rhymes to a certain rhythm is not just artistic, but it also helps with language and maths as they count out the notes in their head and hold the beat.
Of course music is a great way for children to also express emotion and develop self-confidence, particularly if taking part in group situations as they sing and dance. Music does in deed bring them together harmoniously.
Often we as adults do not notice the music around us. So next time you’re in the car, think about the music in the back ground and consider it through your child’s mind. Or when in the park think, about the tune from the ice cream van and why it’s so instantly recognisable. Or why not have a chat about 5 happy tunes and see what your little ones come up with.