Looking for a fun way to broaden your kids’ musical understanding? This preschoolers musical activity engages sensory awareness, rhythm, and is so much fun!
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Making, understanding, and connecting with music is an important part of childhood!
According to a study from Carnegie Hall, “Live music – and the human interaction that accompanies it- is one of the most intense, multi-sensory, and physically involving activities in which young children and their caregivers can engage together.”
This musical activity will give your kids the opportunity to grow emotionally, physically, and mentally! What’s not to love?
For This Musical Rhythm Activity for Preschoolers, You’ll Need:
- Classical music
- rhythm instruments
- OR pots, pans, and spoons
Musical Activity: Rhythm Play with Classical Music
Choose Your Music
What kind of music should you choose for this activity?
Classical music is a great place to start.
With no lyrics to break focus, your child will be able to more easily identify the rhythms in the song.
Choose a song with pronounced, predictable rhythms to start with!
Here Are Some Classical Music Ideas to Start You Off:
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
- Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
- Handel: Messiah Hallelujah Chorus
- Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Where can you find these classical pieces?
Do a quick search on YouTube, or iTunes to find your choice for this musical activity!
Classic Cat is another great resource for free classical music.
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Once your song is ready, give it a listen with your kids.
Introduce the composer and the song.
Think of this as “pre-reading” the music.
Tell your preschoolers to keep their ears open for rhythms, beats, and patterns as the start to your musical activity!
Listening before you pass out the instruments will help them focus and identify the rhythms they’ll be copying.
Ask your kids, “What rhythms pop out right away? What does the rhythm make you feel? Excited? Joyful? Does it make you want to dance and move?”
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Play Your Rhythm Musical Activity!
Now it’s time to join in with this rhythm fun musical activity for preschoolers!
Play your song again and mimic the rhythms you hear.
Don’t worry if your kids can’t copy the rhythms exactly.
Toddlers can join in with this part too! It’s a great introduction for them also.
If you have musical instruments, use those! We used toy drums, tambourines, and shakers.
But if you don’t have those on hand, that’s OK!
Drag out the pots, pans, and kitchen spoons.
Or keep it really simple and let your kids use their hands to clap and tap on their knees!
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They’re Already Learning Through this Preschoolers Musical Rhythms Activity:
- Vocabulary such as “rhythm,” and “instrument.”
- Names of composers and musical compositions.
- How music makes them feel and respond.
- Fine motor skills through grasping drumsticks and instruments.
- Musical and math skills like recognizing patterns and mimicking rhythms.
What do you think about this musical activity? Will you try it with classical music? Or maybe throw in a few of your old favorite songs?
Connecting with and making music is a great way to bond with your kids. Share your ideas and comments with us below!