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.
Today is National STEM Day! Try incorporating science with sound in the classroom for a unique STEM learning experience.Infant Toddler Preschool Elementary
Children are fascinated by sounds. Whether it’s when a horn honks outside, or when an ever-alluring sound-oriented toy is around! It is therefore no surprise that children are curious about the science of sounds. How does that car’s horn make noise? Why are some sounds low and other ones high? What makes music so pleasant? And most importantly, how does sound work since we can’t see it?Preschool Elementary
Music is a part of everyday life, but it’s also science! Music activities naturally bring out children’s scientific curiosity and helps develop scientific thinking as they ask questions like: “why do certain instruments make certain noises?” or “what does my heart sound like?” Science activities for kids are a fun way for children to engage in unfamiliar science concepts and build skills like observation and problem-solving. Brand new and packed with sound science projects, Exploring the Science of Sounds, gives parents and teachers easy science experiment ideas they can try at home or in the classroom.Preschool Elementary
Nothing says fun like making some noise! Music activities are a wonderful way to engage young learners. Music provides children an outlet through which they explore the world around them, develop their coordination, and build social emotional skills—all while having fun. A cereal box guitar is one of the easiest music crafts you can try, and it helps you explore creative learning opportunities with your preschoolers – at home and in the classroom.Preschool
Bugs are a great way to introduce outdoor activities for preschoolers to your little learners. Toddler outdoor activities let kids explore the world around them all while practicing observation, investigation, and problem solving skills. Science for kids is the perfect way to introduce science concepts to children through fun activities that nurture children’s natural sense of curiosity.Preschool
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
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
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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