Children are born explorers, adventurers, climbers and builders. Because sitting still doesn’t come naturally, award-winning Gryphon House authors developed innovative music and movement activities for all ages. Children learn math through counting rhythms, art through pleasant melodies, and science through investigative play with percussion instruments. Explore the activities below to get started on building music lesson plans for toddlers, infants or preschoolers.
Preschool fingerplays are a method of introducing critical pre-reading skills all in the package of fun preschool music and movement songs. Fingerplays for preschoolers also teach listening skills, order and sequence, memory skills, spatial awareness, imagination, and so much more. Just when the day seems long and dull, introduce preschool music activities with these fun little fingerplays from the popular Gryphon House book The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants (Also available book-only, here). With more than 700 selections, this book by veteran educators Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller will keep your students moving, singing, and learning all year long!Preschool
Shaking instruments are a fun addition to any movement and music activities you introduce to your little learners! Easy to make at home or school, DIY maracas are a wonderful craft that helps children develop their sensory skills through play.Infant Toddler
The holidays are just around the corner! That means it’s the season of ornament crafts, holiday songs, and a whole host of other toddler holiday crafts! Regardless of what holiday your children celebrate, December is bursting with potential craft ideas and new themes for the classroom.Infant Toddler
Infant cognitive development is a fascinating thing. Babies’ brains are always learning and expanding, taking in the world around them and forging new neural pathways. Even little things like being talked to, feeling new fabrics, or sitting in a different room contribute to baby brain development.Infant
Music and movement activities for infants and toddlers provide the crucial and beneficial exposure to skills, such as speech development, that young children need to grow. Many parents may question the true benefits of integrating infant music activities into their home environments, often finding themselves asking just how music can help develop their child’s speech.Preschool
Infant music activities are a fun and exciting way to inspire learning in children right from the start. An effective way to engage and encourage your little learners to explore their curiosity and creativity, music and movement activities for infants are a wonderful tool to promote development that benefits your baby in all areas.Preschool
Music and learning go hand in hand. It’s no coincidence that pneumonic devices tend to be set to tunes or that kid shows are full of songs. Rhythm and rhyme help get and keep children’s attention, and those catchy tunes will keep them thinking about subjects all day long. Music activities for toddlers are incredibly versatile and can be applied to any subject, from story-telling songs to chants about math. Children can even get energy out with music and movement activities for preschoolers. The possibilities are endless!Preschool
It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Spring has officially arrived with all its sunshine and warmth and lovely May flowers. With flowers sprouting and the weather changing, spring is the perfect time to teach young children with fun educational activities. Their curiosity will abound as they see buds appearing on the trees and birds returning to their yards. It’s a time for new beginnings and fun new things to learn!Preschool
Many parents and teachers don’t know what to do with their toddlers and preschoolers when winter arrives. It often leaves them wondering what kind of winter activities for kids there are that will keep their children warm and busy learning. Winter activities for toddlers don’t have to be outside! You can have just as much inside as outside with music and movement activities. 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children, by Abigail Flesch Connors, is full of fun music activities for kids of all ages that can easily be made to fit the winter season!
Music teacher resources such as Shake, Rattle, and Roll by Abigail Flesch Connors are a wonderful place to find music and movement activities for preschoolers! Music activities for preschoolers are not only a fun way to learn about music, but they also contribute to language, math, and science growth as well.Preschool
Use open-ended music and movement activities for preschoolers to encourage a long standing appreciation of music and the arts. Our movement activities are designed to focus childrens’ natural energy and curiosity in fun, educational ways. Twisting, bending, wiggling, and jumping to rhythms teaches children how their bodies move as they enjoy creating music from percussion instruments.
Our music activities for preschoolers are innovative and thoughtfully crafted for educators looking for creative ways to teach social skills while enhancing rhythmic awareness. When preschoolers are given the chance to use their voices for singing, or hands for shaking tambourines, they’re making vital connections between themselves and the outside world.
Parents can easily adapt music and movement activities created for preschoolers and toddlers for their younger children. Music activities for infants can be as simple as singing silly rhyming songs. Not only does singing to infants boost language development, singing enhances other areas of infant development like improvisation and creative thinking.
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