Appreciate the Arts
Children are naturally drawn to the melodies and rhythms of music. Active participation in musical activities can enrich children's imagination, language skills, mathematical development, memory skills and physical coordination. Dramatic play offers a creative outlet that strengthens children's understanding of the world as they act out stories they know and situations they observe.
TIP: Use Music for Math, Mood and Movement
Listening to rhythmic clapping or drum beats is a good beginning in helping toddlers recognize one-to-one correspondence and patterns. Plus, music can encourage toddlers to move their bodies in rhythm, or set the mood for dancing or napping.
ACTIVITY TIME: Freeze Dance!
Dancing builds flexibility, strength and coordination. And it's too much fun! Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Early Music Education
Most young learners have an inherent love for and interest in music. Teaching them these building blocks of music early on sets the foundation for future music understanding and enjoyment. Read more >
TIP: Theater in a Sack
Encourage your child to make up a play with five random household objects you have placed in a sack. Examples: a hat, rolling pin, bracelet, hair roller and rubber ball. Silly uses count!
ACTIVITY TIME: Magnificent Museum
Your home can be a museum when you artfully display your things. Use this activity to talk about how and why we use these things around the house. Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Boosting The Musical Ear
Children’s music skills develop best when they’re supported by a foundation of aural skills. We call this training “the musical ear.” Read more >
TIP: On With the Show!
Pick a favorite character-driven story and put on a play with the whole family. Make a flyer to invite neighbors and friends as another opportunity to practice writing skills.
ACTIVITY TIME: Make a Rain Stick
Traditional rain sticks are made of hollow cactus stalks with thorns pushed through to the inside. Ours uses a cardboard tube and colorful stickers. Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Six Steps to Teaching a Child to Appreciate Performing Arts
Foster an early appreciation for the arts in your child with these suggestions on introducing your child to the joy of live performances. Read more >
Explore Musical Games
Dance, sing and play along with your favorite characters!
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