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Incorporate movement in your music experiences with your child. Movement is an indispensable part of learning and thinking. Your child will also gain memory skills learning to sing a variety of songs with different rhythms.

Children can only acquire a repertoire of movements by first copying and practicing and the more variety the better. For example there are many ways of clapping (with cupped hands, with two fingers, or circling the arms between each clap) and places to clap (to one side, above the head, behind the back) But as well as clapping there are other hand/arm movements:

  • Patting (sides, thighs, bottom, shoulders, floor)
  • Tapping or knocking (head, nose, cheek, ears, back of hand, leg, floor, table etc)
  • Shaking wrists
  • Punching
  • Stretching up or out to the sides and back
  • Swinging arms forward and back
  • Opening and closing hands
  • Wiggling fingers (separately or together)
  • Rubbing hands together or against sides
  • Rocking arms form side to side
  • Make ‘wheel’ movements with arms
  • Clicking fingers

"If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing." - Zimbabwe Proverb

Play musical games and fingerplays. Clap the beat as you sing, and take bub’s hands and clap the beats. There are many wonderful fingerplays, such as:

  • Where is Thumbkin
  • The farmer in the dell
  • The brave old duke of york
  • The wheels on the bus
  • Trot, trot to Boston
  • Where is the beehive.

Children benefit from being able to observe their own movements. A large expanse of safety mirror in the movement area allows children to watch themselves and get feedback on their responses to music.

Encourage your child to dance to the music, march, sing, whistle melodies, hum tunes and play musical games with other children. These boost your child’s growing language, listening and motor skills.

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