Visual Arts

How do your kids learn through music and song?

Music

What is the surest way to a young child's heart? Singing, of course. Add a few dance moves or a musical instrument, and you're in, for sure. Parents and educators have known for a long long time that there's no better way to soothe, delight or teach preschool age children than through music. Silly songs, counting songs, alphabet songs, rounds and lullabies - we love to sing them with our kids, and they learn so much from them! What have your kids picked up from all of this music-making? And what other tunes or instruments might inspire our young songsters?

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Core Skills for Music

Click on the skills below to see what you can do at home to help your child develop essential art skills.

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    Recognize short and long sounds (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $24.99 Learn More Melissa & Doug Band in a Box
    $9.99 Learn More Recorder
    Toodely toooooot, it's a Recorder! Easy to play instrument for children that makes great sounds! Give your little musician a head start exploring the sounds of this well-made instrument!. Size: ...more

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    Move responsively to music (marching, walking, hopping, swaying, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail
    Parent Created Activity
    What kiddo doesn't love to hear his or her name in a song? Using chalk, mark different "trails" on the sidewalk or use masking tape on a carpet or ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $15.99 Learn More Walk Like the Animals
    $22.99 Learn More Cranium Hullabaloo DVD Game
    The Hullabaloo DVD Game turns your living room into a wiggly-giggly animal adventure! Kids learn about animals from all over the world and bounce, twist, and dance on the 16 ...more

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    Listen to and hear differences in sounds (e.g., identify a bird singing, a car motor, identify family members by voice alone; identify instruments when the instrument is heard but hidden from sight) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Counting Sounds
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to discriminate sounds as she places musical note cut-outs for each sound you make.
    99 ¢ Learn More Honk Honk
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to discriminate sounds as you create different "honk" for each of the cars in this activity.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Sound Hike
    Parent Created Activity
    Take your child on a walk around your neighborhood and listen for different sounds of nature. Can you hear birds chirping, leaves rustling in the wind, sticks breaking underfoot, ...more
    FREE Learn More What's That Sound?
    Parent Created Activity
    Try this activity to help your child learn to identify different sounds. Gather different noisemaking props in advance and don't let your child see them. Stand behind your child's ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More Braincandy, My 5 Senses: A Yummy Music & Sound Exploration

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    Listen to and sing songs (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Gifts For Baby
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's attention to and participation in songs with this There was an Hush Little Baby activity. (song not included)
    99 ¢ Learn More There Was An Old Lady
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's attention to and participation in songs with this There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly activity. (song not included)
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Oatmeal Drum
    Parent Created Activity
    Making a drum out of the tall 42 oz cylindrical shaped oatmeal container. Take top off and cover the container using decorated paper. You can use glue to ...more
    FREE Learn More Elephants on a Spider Web
    Parent Created Activity
    Using masking tape inside, or chalk outside, construct a spiderweb frame with three long intersecting lines. Then use the tape or chalk to connect those lines with a spiral, ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $16.98 Learn More Victor Vito
    The title track alone is so great that it justifies the purchase of the entire album. It teaches your child all the essentials -- how to sing fast, how to ...more
    $19.99 Learn More Braincandy, My 5 Senses: A Yummy Music & Sound Exploration

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    Listen to and move to music of different styles and periods (e.g., perform very simple movements in accompaniment to music) (show details)

    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Paper Tube Maracas
    Parent Created Activity
    Take an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube. Cover one end with a small square of construction paper and fasten the square to the tube with a rubber ...more
    FREE Learn More Paper Mache Maracas
    Parent Created Activity
    Take a small balloon (water balloon size) and fill it with a handful of small beans or rice. Then, fill the balloon with air to create the base for ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More Braincandy, My 5 Senses: A Yummy Music & Sound Exploration
    $69.99 Learn More Kid-Tough FP3 Player
    The Kid-Tough FP3 Player is a real digital player designed just for preschoolers. It's tough enough and easy enough for kids to use. Mattel has also made it easy for ...more

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    Discriminate between fast and slow (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $16.98 Learn More Victor Vito
    The title track alone is so great that it justifies the purchase of the entire album. It teaches your child all the essentials -- how to sing fast, how to ...more
    $16.95 Learn More Slow Days, Fast Friends
    Howard the cheetah loves being fast. To him, every day is a race--and he always wins. But when Howard hurts his leg and can't run, the only animal he can ...more

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    Discriminate between loud and quiet (show details)

    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More A Little Bit Louder Now!
    Parent Created Activity
    Help your child learn to discriminate between loud and quiet music. Play your child's favorite music and have your child begin to dance while you slowly turn the volume ...more

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    Recognize that some phrases are the same, some different (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $16.98 Learn More Victor Vito
    The title track alone is so great that it justifies the purchase of the entire album. It teaches your child all the essentials -- how to sing fast, how to ...more
    $49.99 Learn More Music Block
    Neurosmith Music Blocks Inspire a love of music with this interactive activity toy which allows a child to create over a million different musical compositions - simply by playing with ...more

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    Sing unaccompanied, accompanies and in unison (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $69.99 Learn More Kid-Tough FP3 Player
    The Kid-Tough FP3 Player is a real digital player designed just for preschoolers. It's tough enough and easy enough for kids to use. Mattel has also made it easy for ...more
    $15.98 Learn More At the Bottom of the Sea
    We're simply bowled over by some of the tracks on this album! We can't pick a favorite, even if asked. Is it the charm of "Fly Me to the Moon" ...more

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    Recognize the following instruments by sight and sound: guitar, piano, piano, trumpet, flute, violin, drum (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $6.95 Learn More Fiddlesticks: The Musical Instrument Recognition Game
    FIDDLESTICKS is a fun way to learn about different musical instruments. Based on the favorite game ¬"Old Maid,¬" players have to collect pairs of instruments, but avoid getting left with ...more
    $6.99 Learn More The Philharmonic Gets Dressed

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    Imitate and produce sounds (e.g., imitate clapping pattern sequences, accompany a story with sound effects) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More What Do You Hear
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to imitate and produce sounds by creating sounds that go with the illustrations on the page.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Paper Plate Tambourines
    Parent Created Activity
    Take 2 paper plates and decorate the bottoms of them with markers, crayons, tissue paper pieces, ribbons -- anything you have handy. Then put the two paper ...more
    FREE Learn More Going on a Bear Hunt
    Parent Created Activity
    With your kids, sing the old summer camp song 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.' (If you can't remember the words, you can find them here www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/teddy/bearhunt.html). Afterwards go ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $24.99 Learn More Quack Quack
    Quack Quack, Moo, Baa! All the colorful animals from the farm are playing in the field. The little farm helpers need to make sure all the animals are on ...more
    $19.95 Learn More Where Is Thumbkin: Over 500 Activities to Use with Songs You Already Know
    Sing over 200 familiar songs and learn new songs set to familiar tunes. Organized by month, with a special section just for toddlers, teachers and parents will find easy-to-do, ...more

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    Recognize that some beats have accents (stress) (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $15.99 Learn More Rhythm Stick Activity Fun
    Fun With Real Purpose - An energetic and enjoyable way of developing rhythm, listening skills, coordination and perceptual motor skills. Simple rhythm stick activities with up-beat group, partner or ...more

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    Recognize a steady beat; begin to play a steady beat (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $15.99 Learn More Rhythm Stick Activity Fun
    Fun With Real Purpose - An energetic and enjoyable way of developing rhythm, listening skills, coordination and perceptual motor skills. Simple rhythm stick activities with up-beat group, partner or ...more

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