Children Need Music
Singing and making music play an essential part in the development of children. When still in the womb a child already starts becoming aware of music and melodies and has sensitive reactions to certain sounds (for example the melody of a music box). Lullabies also have a soothing effect on babies right from the beginning.
There are a number of finger games that are sung or rhymed that parents can use to entertain their small ones. Singing, particularly during infancy, contributes on an important level to broadening vocabulary. Children memorize new words with ease, as music stimulates the brain.
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 musical instruments.
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.
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.”
Making music early enhances interconnections of the brain
Interaction with music fosters the cross-linking of neuronal structures in the brain. “The right and left half of the brain are stimulated simultaneously. Therefore, children who make music have better speech skills and memorize learning contents quicker and for longer”, says Dietlind Löbker. The music educator points out that while singing and making music a number of factors is processed at the same time; children become more aware of rhythm, notes and sounds. In addition, they have to concentrate to listen and co-ordinate their movements when playing an instrument. Dietlind Löbker sums up the positive effects music has on early development, “The earlier children come in to contact with music the better the cross-linking in the brain. Also, they can handle their reactions better and are more emotionally balanced”.