Music: Games & Tips for You and Your Child

Music is fun and Useful

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In recent years, musical education has suffered major blows and more and more music lessons have been dropped. Fortunately, we have been seeing schools pick up the music lessons for a while now, partly thanks to successful projects such as Meer Muziek in de Klas. The music schools are also increasingly sending teachers to primary schools to give instrumental lessons. But if your children do not get this offer, it is a shame to stop their musical development. In addition to math, writing, and sports, music (and other forms of art) is very good for the development of the brain, especially at a young age.

1. Father Jacob singing (or another canon)
Not everyone has experience with a musical instrument and there is a good chance that you do not have any musical instruments at home. That doesn’t matter at all! You can simply start by singing songs with your children. For example, sing “Father Jacob” together. Boring? Not if it is “in canon”! First, you practice the song together at the same time, and then you can try singing it in canon. Let your child start and fill in a line later. You can also check if your son or daughter feels confident enough.

2. Clap your hands (if you don’t like singing)
Don’t you like singing at home? Then you can always do clap exercises. Ideas: Turn on a playlist with simple nursery rhymes and start to beat in time. If necessary, make it a game by marching around the room.
Whatever you can do: clap a rhythm and let your child beat the rhythm. Start simple and make it longer or more complicated. You can make up words with the rhythms using the syllables. Make fun words that your children can easily remember. For example the names of dad, mom, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and so on.

3. Challenges
Children love social media “challenges”. That has been the case for years. At the moment, for example, you see a lot of challenges in which parents make a course with obstacles in the house and in the garden, which keeps children moving. Very nice! Let them climb over the chairs, the sofa, under the table and so on. But – there are also many musical challenges – and of course, you can think of them yourself: eat a biscuit and then whistle a song for example. Or blow as long as possible with a straw in a glass of water. There are plenty of challenges to find or to think of yourself.