Even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket, that doesn't get you out of singing gleefully along with your toddler. Music often captivates toddlers, but entertainment isn't the only benefit. Music also wakes up a toddler's senses, making important connections in the brain, according to KidsHealth. Give the gift of music to your little one and teach her a few songs to start a long and lively love of music.
1 Sing often with your tot. Overcome any embarrassment about your voice – your kid doesn't care if your notes are flat or off-key. Sing songs you like to your little one while you're playing, cooking dinner or giving him a bath. As he listens to you sing, he'll eventually begin to mimic the singing.
2 Choose a few songs to concentrate on once your youngster reaches toddlerhood. Sing these songs slowly so your toddler can sing along when she's ready. Songs with repetition would be ideal, such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "The Wheels on the Bus" or "Baa Baa Black Sheep."
3 Listen to see what songs your toddler may be singing to himself as he plays. The authors of "Child Development and Teaching Young Children" tell readers that toddlers often sing to themselves first before singing for anyone else. By watching and listening, you may hear a few songs that your toddler likes and is learning, and you can focus on these songs together.
4 Sit with your little one and encourage her to sing songs she's learning with you. Even if she doesn't have enough language skills to belt out a whole song, she can probably fill in words here and there to start. Start with "Mary had a little …" and have her chime in with "lamb." Slowly, as her language skills get stronger, she'll add more and more words until you're singing together.
- Make singing fun and enjoyable for your toddler. Keep it light and always sing with a big smile on your face.
- Kids Health: Introducing Toddlers to Music
- Reading Rockets: Activities to Encourage Your Toddler
- Child Development and Teaching Young Children; Ayshe Talay-Ongan and Emily A. Ap
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