From the exploratory play of babies and toddlers to the complex games enjoyed by teens, at every age and stage, play gives children a wonderful way to explore new ideas, develop their skills, work through anxiety or stress, and entertain or calm themselves. Kindermusik delivers a whole new spectrum to your child’s play.
Exploratory, vocal and object play in our Village classes help you, as a parent, to direct your baby’s developmental benefits to specific goals, such as language and speech development, sense of self, curiosity, cause and effect, object permanence, and so much more!
Play feeds every aspect of a child’s development, especially if his activities are varied and open-ended, like they are in a Kindermusik Our Time or Family Time class when we’re scaffolding…
- What can you do with your bells? (observe)
- I can do that too! (copy)
- Oh, you’re tapping the handles together! (label)
- Can you tap them way up high… down low… to the side? (expand)
This kind of play builds divergent thinking skills. You know, the ability to think outside the box; a child who aims to discover more and more than simply being satisfied with mediocrity and sameness.
Play with friends develops social skills, like we do in Imagine That, when we’re playing the Colours of the Rainbow Puzzle Activity together or pretending to jump in mud puddles as we take a make-believe walk in the rain with our friends. Puzzles and building sets enhance logic, spatial reasoning and fine-motor control. Pretending feeds the imagination and emotional health, allowing the child to explore roles, fears and relationships, and learn to create a narrative and predict consequences.
Solitary play strengthens attention span and self-direction. This is what we do in the Young Child program when we are drawing notes, or playing our glockenspiels or dulcimers together. Ensembles are akin to parallel play with the added bonus of team work and all it’s benefits such as following a cue, cooperation, listening, and turn-taking.
Moving to music builds muscles and agility; drawing and playing instruments foster eye-hand coordination and self-expression. And, problem solving informs virtually every type of play and is present across our curricula.
Observing (and if you’re invited, joining in!) a child’s play will give you a fascinating glimpse of his inner life. So don’t hold back — get down on the floor and find out what’s so special about musical playtime.