As we have said before, music is a valuable part of language development for younger children. Further to our rhythmic drumming activity, children can learn language through moving to music as well.
You will need
- popular children’s music, with actions built in (e.g. “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” or “One Little Finger”)
What to do
Do not show the videos to the children in this situation. Instead, play music to let them improve their listening skills.
By associating language with movements, toddlers are able to broaden their vocabulary and comprehension. Plus, it’s a great chance for the children to exercise a little, and laugh a lot with the family members they are singing or dancing with.
- Language and Communication: Learning through repetition, and the attachment of meaning to words (i.e. ‘head’ means my head).
- Creativity: This activity works on improving a child’s sequencing skills- which actions come first, second and third. Singing songs in sequencing can also help us in other ways, as sequencing is also a key part of storytelling. The child is also improving their skills by trying to keep to a certain rhythm.
- Social Skills: Children can improve their social skills by playing with others, including the parents.
- Gross Motor Development: This activity builds the child’s co-ordination, as they learn to connect what they hear with a body part.