Making music together enhances relationships and brain development.
Why do it?
- Music provides a rich experience — tune, rhythm, harmony, movement, language and culture — all enhancing the development of connections in baby’s brain.
- Making music is also a fun way of repeating an experience, which makes brain pathways stronger.
- Singing releases endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones), which benefit baby and whānau.
- When whānau sing and play with baby it strengthens their relationship.
How to do it
You’ll need: Knees to slap, hands to clap, drums to tap or your own hand-made shakers.
- Choose your instruments. Perhaps you could swap half way?
- Get tapping and clapping, clicking and shaking.
- Maybe put on one of your favourite songs and play along!
Extra for experts: Can you think of a name for your band? Who could you perform a waiata for?
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Pakipaki pakipaki To clap, applaud Maori | Verb||Clap|
|Waiata waiata To sing Maori | Verb||To sing/song|
|Kutā kutā Guitar. Maori | Noun||Guitar|
|Taonga pūoro taonga puoro Musical instrument Maori | Noun||Musical instrument|
|Ringaringa ringaringa Hand, arm Maori | Noun||Hands|