Music education is a proven way for aiding in the development of your child’s brain. Exposure to music can aid in language development, increasing IQ as well as spatial-temporal intelligence reports an article from PBS.

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Most parents would love to give their little ones the benefits of an early music education. However, enrolling in special mommy and me classes or private lessons can be an extra expense for which many families simply do not have room in their budgets.

Luckily, with these 5 fun and mostly free tips, you can get on your way to teaching your kids the joy of music and enabling them to reap the learning and development benefits that go hand in hand with early exposure to music.

1. Keep the Rhythm

It may sound simple, but letting your kids pull out those pots and pans can be a great place to start music education. Whether it is sturdy dishes, toy maracas and tambourines or just clapping hands there are multiple ways to incorporate simple musical activities into playtime by showing them how to keep a beat and tap out a rhythm. If you or your spouse are not entirely sure how to go about this, then take advantage of multiple online resources for helping kids to learn rhythm through simple activities.

2. A Musical Field Trip

Perhaps down the road your child will be interested in taking guitar lessons, but right now it is probably simpler to start by simply exposing your little Mozart to the fun of live music. Most cities provide free concerts for children. These might take place on a Tuesday morning at the library or at an afternoon concert for children put on by the local symphony. This is a great way to inspire a love of music in children as watching performers and hearing the loud sound of live songs can be captivating. And many concerts geared toward children are free and put on by the community.

3. Make Your Own Instruments

A fun craft time activity can be made from collecting recycled materials and transforming them into musical instruments. Make a tissue box and rubber band guitar or a rain stick from an old paper towel tube and some dry pinto beans. Empty tin cans can be decorated into a beautiful drum set. The possibilities are seemingly endless. And while your children enjoy using their creativity and learning about music, they will also get the added bonus of being exposed to the idea of sustainability through using recycled materials.

4. Check Out the Public Library

Another totally free resource is the public library. The library will have picture books on the lives of famous composers as well as sound recordings to help your kids experience the different genres of music. Together, you and your child can learn about Mozart’s childhood and Beethoven’s struggle with deafness. This is an excellent way to make history and music come alive for children.

5. Share Your Own Music

Finally, pull out your own records from the era in which you grew up. Sure, the 70s and 80s may not be considered classical works, but they are still wonderful examples of the journey of music through the decades. Dance around the living room with your kids as you share rock and roll and other styles of music that they might enjoy.

Author Bio: Jessica Socheski is a freelance journalist who currently writes about finding ways to save money on health care, fitness, and nutrition. Connect with her on Twitter.


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So what’s Inside? There are 4 major components that are included:

  • Create: 2-3 projects kids can do with their hands
  • Explore: Activities to engage with the world and nature
  • Story Tell: Books and stories for their imagination
  • Connect Digitally: Interactively learn with BabbaCo approved downloads

Here are the details:  You can sign up for 1 single BabbaBox, a 3 month subscription or a FULL year (great idea for Christmas Presents if the grandparents are looking for ideas!)  Then a themed BabbaBox is shipped right to your doorstep for your children to enjoy!  That’s right…to your doorstep!  No more getting a great idea and then having to drag your kids to the store to purchase the items, and to get home and they are no longer interested in doing the activity.

I was very fortunate to have been asked to review this wonderful product.  We received the Sun, Moon & Stars Box:

The box was filled with the necessary supplies and direction for your children to create their very own glowing nightlight moon and constellation frame.

 

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With the BabbaBox there is a lot of thought that goes into each activity because of the team of individuals that create the box each month.  As you can see these are the skills that your child will utilize when creating each activity:

With the explore activity my son was able to use his very own binoculars to explore the world outside and he especially loved to explore things inside.

I absolutely loved the book that was enclosed about “Twinkle Star Of The Week” by Joan Holub.  It was such a wonderful story about sharing, helping and wishing on a star.  It was perfect timing as I have been getting my little guy in the right mindset to start getting ready for school.  Talking about his teachers and his new friends he’ll meet.

Join Twinkle on her journey to discover her special talent when it’s her turn to be the Star of the Week at school.

There was even a little gift inside for the moms and dads as a way to say thank you for joining and for giving their children a wonderful gift of learning.  Look at this beautiful star wine stopper:

This is such a wonderful product and such a fantastic idea for an educational activity for your children or even for a gift.  The idea of having a new activity delivered right to your door every month will even excite your children.  Here is Jacob receiving his box: So here comes the fun part, I have a been given the opportunity to share this wonderful product with you all, and have a unique offer for the SpecialMoms Entrepreneur Club members

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