Preschool children are at an age when their bodies and brains are growing rapidly. Most parents try to teach their preschoolers to write letters, say their ABC's and count, but dmusic and movement activities may be just as important to developing minds and bodies.
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Preschoolers love animals. You can build on this affinity by encouraging your preschooler to move like various animals. Can he hop like a frog? Slink across the room like a kitty? Lumber through the hallway like an elephant?
"Kids in Motion by Greg and Steve" is an excellent resource full of songs combining music and movement for preschoolers. The song "Animal Action" will lead your preschooler through many animal movements.
A simple bottle of bubble liquid can provide the basis for more preschool movement activities. Blow bubbles for your preschooler and encourage her to pop them. Can she pop one high in the air? How about one low, close to the ground? Can she pop one close by? One she will have to reach for?
Describe various movements and vicinities where your preschooler can burst bubbles.
Lummi sticks are another fun resource for helping preschoolers develop a sense of musical rhythm. You can purchase lummi sticks online, or you can buy inexpensive dowel rods as a substitute. The sticks should be about 10 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter.
Children can practice beating the lummi sticks on the floor along to the beat of any song. They can alternate this by hitting their lummi sticks together or tapping them on their knees (or even against a partner's sticks).
The sky is the limit with lummi sticks: Encourage preschoolers to use the sticks to tap out beats while standing, sitting, maybe even while hopping!
Move to the Beat
Preschoolers generally love music of all types. Choose a CD with various styles of music, and play different selections, encouraging your preschooler to move in a style that sounds like the music to him.
Play a march, and see if your preschooler begins to march. A dreamy, impressionist-style piece may inspire twirling and spinning. What other types of music could you play for creative movement?
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