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Music and Language Development Activities for Your Child's Brain

Posted on 09-08-2015

The things your child learns in the first six years of life will greatly influence his or her future success. While many parents choose to focus on reading, numbers and spatial reasoning, they often overlook a critical tool in child brain development: music. The incorporation of music serves as a catalyst that promotes development by stimulating areas of the brain responsible for language, auditory processing, and cognitive thinking. Using music to improve your child's brain development isn't complicated, nor does it require musical ability in either parent. These three simple exercises are enjoyable and facilitate learning development with music.

  • Switch Up:
    • Materials: Music player, crayons, paper
    • Activity: Load a selection of unique songs into the music player and tell your child to start coloring. Allow him or her to continue coloring until you stop the music, at which point direct your child to switch to his or her other hand.
    • Goal: This activity aids in the development of the frontal lobe, which controls cognitive thinking and motor skills. The cues of the music, and the switching of your child's hands, will strengthen muscle control of the non-dominant hand.
  • Music Drawing:
    • Materials: Music player, crayons, paper
    • Activity: Choose a playlist of fast and slow songs. Instruct your child to color to the tempo of the music. Alternate the speed of the songs, switching paper when a new song starts.
    • Goal: The temporal lobe is responsible for expressive language and auditory processing. During this game, your child learns to recognize differences in sound, a key factor in learning more advanced language skills.
  • Body Movement:
    • Materials: Music player, open space
    • Activity: Play some music and dance with your child. While dancing, encourage your child to mimic your movements. The movements should be across the body, forcing your child to cross the mid-line of his or her torso. For instance, tug your left ear with your right hand, or touch your right toe with your left finger. (Think about when you were a child and played Twister™ with your friends.)
    • Goal: Senses, spatial awareness and coordination are formed in the parietal lobe. Through this exercise your child will learn to coordinate his or her body parts and to process visual clues.

In your child, brain development is occurring rapidly, and the skills learned early on will form an educational foundation which will be used for the rest of his or her life. Want more exercises to stimulate your child's learning and growth? Download our free guide for more parent-child games you can play, to promote healthy brain development.

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