Creative Play Quick Tip: Dance to the Music

We love looking for ways to build key skills through play—and music play is no exception! Experimenting with volume, rhythm, pitch, tone, movement, and repetition is a terrific way to build key skills such as fine motor, gross motor, auditory discrimination, patterning, matching, and much more.

But we admit: When we see a collection of instruments or hear a catchy tune on the radio, our first instinct is simply to get moving and grooving! Is there anything more joyful than a toddler mid-boogie dance or a school-age kid smiling crazily while he feels the beat? Music can feel so freeing, so individual . . . and at the same time, it is one of the most powerful ways to feel togetherness. In short, music—especially for kids—is all about FUN.

This week, we encourage you to crank up the tunes and enjoy exploring music together. Make a family playlist, or dig up some old favorites to share with your kids. Learn a scale on the piano or haul out the pots and pans. You can even try whistling on a blade of grass or blowing across an open bottle top. Look for music everywhere. And when you find it . . . get dancing!

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