>> Sep 17, 2014
Kids instinctively love music – you can see their little feet tapping to the beat whenever a catchy and upbeat tune comes on! It’s a really good idea to encourage this love of music, as music can actually help them with many aspects of their education and everyday life. For example, music can help your kids find their own rhythm, it can boost their memory, and it can even help develop their language skills. A great activity for kids is simply singing together at home, in the car, or at the supermarket (if you’re brave), but there are plenty of other fun music games to play with your kids, too. Here’s just some games you and your kids can play together:
Learn About Different Sounds
This is one of the easiest music games to play with your kids, but it’s so much fun for everyone involved. Take a selection of drinking glasses from your cupboard (preferably ones that you don’t mind getting broken, should one get knocked) and fill them each with a different amount of water. Using a beater (you could use a wooden stick, or a metal spoon), gently tap each glass to see how the water level affects the sound. Challenge your kids to create their own tune, maybe even creating a song to go along with it! You could have a little Karan Oberoi or ShakthisreeGopalan in the making!
Make Your Own Instruments
So simple, yet so effective. If your kids are interested in learning to play an instrument, you don’t need to head out and spend 8000 RS on a guitar, you just need to know how to make your own instruments at home, for free! You can make shakers from regular household and store cupboard essentials such as using an old plastic bottle filled with lentils, beans, or rice – anything that will make a good noise. You could also make your own drum kit by tightly placing plastic wrap over different sized kitchen bowls. A guitar can easily be made by stringing some elastic bands across an old piece of cardboard.
Turn the radio on or play some of your favourite songs and dance around the house with your kids like no one is watching – really let your hair down! Every few minutes, pause the disc, or turn the volume down – everyone needs to freeze on the spot at this point! If anyone moves while the music’s off, they’re out of the game. The last person standing is the winner. This game is all about your kids finding their own rhythm and their own style, but it’s also about paying attention to what’s going on around them, perfecting their reaction times, and learning to follow instruction.
Even if you’ve got a terrible singing voice, and have never picked up a musical instrument in your life, there’s no reason why you can’t have fun playing music games with your kids at home. Music really is educational but, more than anything, it’s just fun, and it’s a great way to spend time with your kids and make wonderful memories with them!