EVEN the very youngest of children enjoy music making and many nurseries and pre-school groups use music as an essential
EVEN the very youngest of children enjoy music making and many nurseries and pre-school groups use music as an essential part of their routine for all ages of children.
Babies enjoy selecting their own simple instrument — plastic egg shakers are very popular, as are jingle bells, and most toy shops sell a good selection — just make sure there are no small pieces which could come off in their mouth.
Older pre-school children enjoy anything that makes a noise, so keep an eye out for unusual instruments from further afield there are some great African drums available, rainmakers and didgeridoo type instruments.
Anyone can join in with singing and children love being part of a song, joining in from a very young age, with both sounds and actions. Classic songs include Incy Wincy Spider or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, which can be sung with simple hand actions which the children very quickly pick up.
The main thing is to remember that children will not judge you on your technical ability, just on your enthusiasm, so don’t be shy and get singing!
If you need a bit of extra help, then do think about joining a pre-school music group, where you can be guided by someone who really enjoys making music and this might be enough to get you started with confidence, so your baby or toddler can see you enjoying music with them. If you are returning to work, look for a nursery or childminder who will take them to a music group or has a visiting teacher.
For more details, talk to Sarah Steel at The Old Station Nursery, Henley, RG9 6AD. Visit the website at www.theoldstationnursery.co.uk