Sharing music with toddlers is a great opportunity for connection and learning.
Toddlers gain a lot from having music in their lives. It’s fun, and it encourages active movement – so it provides opportunities to develop their motor (muscle) skills too.
Parents and children can also bond through music, when they’re sharing and enjoying a song, or swaying and dancing.
Music is part of life
Music is a natural part of life for toddlers. They might sing to their stuffed animals, copy songs they hear and enjoy the sound of their parents singing to them.
Parents often say they ‘can’t sing’ and may get shy singing to their child, but the child doesn’t notice — or care.
Toddlers love songs that mum and dad make up about things the whānau have done, or naming the family members in made-up songs.
Music changes the mood
Toddlers respond to the mood of music, which might be lively and active, or slow and gentle. They’ll be especially responsive if whānau move to the sounds, matching the music’s style.
Parents can use special songs and music to soothe and calm their children. Familiar songs can be used to redirect their attention.