Children Need Music
How to bring musical diversity into your child’s life
Music is the most universal language in our world. Long before speaking and speech understanding have developed, children understand communication through music. Researchers have long been aware of the connection;: we already perceive melodies, rhythms, and sounds in the womb and we react to them with feelings of happiness. First it is the constant heartbeat of the mother, and a little time later babies hear their parents singing, the gentle melodies of musical boxes, or simply music played nearby.
This positive connection to music also shapes the newborn child in their later life. From the very beginning, lullabies have a particularly calming effect on babies. Singing and making music are also key elements in the further development of babies and toddlers. It is even scientifically proven that children who grow up with music learn to walk faster and speak earlier. Especially in toddlers, music makes an important contribution to expanding vocabulary. Whether it’s finger games with singing and rhyming or children’s songs with sequences of movements: music in every possible form stimulates the brain, which is why children who make music can remember many new words more easily. Singing together supports the expansion of vocabulary particularly effectively.
Natural Curiosity for Music
Children have a keen and natural curiosity for sounds and noises. Musical boxes or rattles fascinate your child just as music played on the radio or songs you sing to him. However, the most fun for infants is making music themselves. For the most part, they start to produce sounds with their own voice and by clashing toys, pans and spoon or other items very early. “First instruments are a nice option to acquaint children with the world of music”, says Dietling Löbker, music educator and author of the game instructions for HABA music games.
Musical instruments for babies and toddlers support their development
Dealing with music promotes the networking of neuronal structures in the brain. “The right and left hemispheres of the brain are stressed simultaneously. That’s why children who make music learn to speak better and they can remember what they’ve learned faster and for longer,” says Dietlind Löbker. The music educator emphasizes that several things are processed simultaneously in the brain when singing and making music. On the one hand children pay attention to rhythm, sounds, and notes but when playing an instrument they not only need to listen carefully but also need to coordinate their movements. “The earlier children come into contact with music, the better the networks in the brain. They can also deal with their emotions more effectively and are emotionally more balanced,” explains Dietlind Löbker, summing up the positive effects of music on early childhood development.
First instruments help to get started with music making
The HABA musical instruments foster your child's musical development, enhance his intuition for rhythm and train speech skills. There is an instrument for all children age 2+: drums, different rattles, chimes or a compound of different instruments in a Sound Workshop.
By trying them out, children learn how sounds are produced. As all parts of the instruments are firmly connected, there are no small parts that can be swallowed, and the instruments can easily and safely be moved from room to room.
Babies and toddlers find the HABA musical puppets particularly funny. As a parent, you can bring the puppet to life and add musical accompaniment to exciting stories. Sewn-in rattles or squeakers provide funny sounds. Of course, children can also bring the cuddly soft puppets to life themselves! Bright colors, different materials, and the cheerful sound effects playfully stimulate all the little ones’ senses.
The HABA My very first games series offers fantastic products for children keen on music age 2 and older: My very first games – Ding Dong Forest and My Very First Game Collection – Little Music Maker combine first board game fun with first musical experiences. The music educator Dietlind Löbker has also participated in developing the game ideas for these games: “Children particularly enjoy it when they can make music themselves. That’s exactly the point where the HABA music games come in, to purposely enthrall children with the world of music, tunes and sounds: In child-oriented actions they can explore sounds, tunes, rhythms and movements and acquire key skills.”