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A month of music and dance: activities and ideas

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A month dedicated to music and dance is all about having fun! This month’s plan includes a lot of activities that focus on discovering different instruments and songs, but also enjoying some nice dance sessions.

Here is the plan that we followed during the month of “Music and dance”. It will bring you some noisy moments around the house but a lot of laughter too!

{ I am a stay at home mom now, so I get to spend a lot of time with my son and this plan is based on this. If you are a working mom or you have more children the plan may seem more difficult to put into practice, but you can adjust it in a way that allows you to include it in your daily life. }

Things to do every day

– listening to classical music

Young kids seem to really enjoy classical music! And listening to classical tracks brings them a lot of benefits too!

Here are some nice playlists you can use with your kids:

– this one contains 14 tracks that you can use to combine music and movement

– this one contains calm tracks that you can use during independent play or quiet time.

I also found some great tracks here. The site includes playlists from famous composers and it’s a great resource for parents.

– discovering the musical instruments

Having some small musical instruments around is a great way to develop children’s sense of music and rhythm. We have 12 instruments that we often play with and my son likes them a lot!I have just bought 12 small musical instruments that are suitable for young kids and we plan to play with them every day. I also plan to teach him about other instruments using pictures and books and I’m really curious to see if he will be interested to find more details about each instrument!

Besides letting kids explore the instruments that are suitable for their age, you can also teach them about other instruments using pictures and books.

If you need some inspiration, you can check our list of instruments here: 12 musical instruments that are great for young kids.

Things to do every week:

– learning about music around the world

I’ve got this idea from one of my monthly subscriptions at Little Passports. (By the way, they are a great resource for teaching kids about the world!)  They sent us a CD with songs from different parts of the world and it has become one of our favorites!

Here are some of the tracks that we like in case you want to listen to them on Youtube:

“Waltzing Matilda” (a song from Australia)

“Jig Jog Gee” (a song from Jamaica)

“Coma Vai?” (a song from Brazil)

“Ah Sailor” (a song from Trinidad)

“La Cucaracha” (a song from El Salvador).

– having a special dance session

Kids usually love to dance, even on classical music. If you want to plan some funny dance sessions, here is a site that has simple songs and dances that are perfect for young kids.

– discovering different dance styles

One easy way to teach kids about dance styles is to watch some videos with professional dancers performing different dances. If your child likes a particular style, you can even try to imitate together the moves of the dancers. Probably the dance will not look at all as the one on the video but it will bring you some laughter for sure!

Additional activities:

– visit a music museum this month and explore more details about musical instruments

– create some “homemade” musical instruments: This is a good way to combine crafts with music activities! You can find an interesting article here with a lot of ideas about creating your own instruments.

Resources

♥ Our list of 12 musical instruments that are great for young kids

♥ Here is a list of some additional resources that I’ve discovered during my research for preparing this month’s activities:

HOW MUSIC AFFECTS DEVELOPING BRAINS & WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TEACH

An interesting video with sounds of the instruments: here

Other musical instrument crafts: here

A nice activity: Kids Kitchen Water Xylophone Science Experiment.

I wish you a happy and playful month!

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