What music games can I play with my children at home?
Playing music with children at home is a great help for parents! They combine everything that children love so much: noise, fun and movement! Such games can be played with children of any age, but they bring the greatest benefit from the moment the child acquires walking skills.
The benefits of music games for children
They help children learn to listen to and control their body.
Develop coordination of movements and general motility.
Stimulate the vestibular apparatus.
Develop musical ear, speech and logical thinking.
They have a general strengthening effect.
They contribute to emotional development, empathy, the ability to recognize and express their own emotions and feelings.
We already told you about how to choose music games and exercises with children at home. Here are some more interesting new games in your piggy bank.
Above and below – for children from 1.5 years.
Choose your favorite children’s song. Start singing it with your child, changing the pitch every 1-2 lines and explaining at the same time: “So the hippo sings”, “So the little bird sings like that”. At each high sound, both you and the child climb on their toes and stretch up. At every low sound, sit down.
Musical instruments – for children over 3 years old.
Drop lots, which of you will be an instrument, and who is a musician. The “instrument” lies on the floor, and the “musician” begins to play on it. Best of all, if at this time any music will play for playing with children at home, it does not matter, with or without words. The more convincingly the “musician” plays, the more interesting the game!
10 songs about the same thing – for children over 3 years old.
You need to prepare for this game in advance. Select and record one after another 10 musical fragments with a different rhythm, speed and intensity of sound, approximately 30-40 seconds each. For example, a drum march, then a waltz on a piano, a little violin, a chorus of the song “Chunga-Changa”, etc. The more diverse the fragments, the more interesting the game will be. Now invite your child to come up with a fabulous character. It can be a knight, a princess, an alien, or even a dragon. Next, you need to choose a mood, funny, sad, offended or anxious. In the role of this character with the chosen mood, you will need to dance to all recorded fragments, trying to express emotions with movements.
Few people get this game right away, but if it succeeds, it will be impossible to stop the children, they will demand to dance like that again and again.
“Well, sing a song to us, a cheerful wind!” – for children from 2 years.
Another musical game with children at home, which can be arranged suddenly, without any preparation. Invite your child to imagine what kind of sounds natural phenomena can make and how to move. For example, the wind blows “ooooh!”, Rushing in a circle, smoothly waving its arms. The sun puffs “pf-pf”, puffs out his cheeks and grabs with his hands-rays everything that he can reach. With older children, you can not only make sounds, but also come up with words or even songs.
Do not limit or correct children’s answers; there are no wrong options in this game. The main thing is that there should be a lot of sounds, movement and fun!
When choosing a musical accompaniment, remember that music for playing with a child should be simple in rhythm and sound. It is better to choose tunes with 2-3 musical instruments that sound at a time. Avoid artistic musical techniques such as dissonance, excessive rhythm changes and sudden changes in volume.