Homemade Kazoos

Creative Wednesdays A kazoo is a very simple musical instrument, made up of a hollow pipe with a hole in it. They may be simple, but these little noisemakers are a great way to explore sound with kids. In this activity have the kids investigate how kazoos work by building their own. Thin plastic, waxed […]

Using Music with Kids: Even Newborn Babies Recognize Songs Played to Them in the Womb

What Is Your Favorite Lullaby? In an article by Meeri Kim published by the Washington Post this weekend we learn of a study  that was published online in the journal PLOS One that babies in utero hear music and recognize it after birth. In the study, babies who had a lullaby played to them regularly while still […]

What Babies Learn in Utero

Keep Talking and Playing Music for a Baby in Utero Working with children full-time I am amazed by how children learn language. Studies suggest that infants start picking up elements of what will be their first language before they are even born. Studies show that newborns recognize their mother’s voice to a stranger’s voice, recognize […]

Jumpin’ Activities to Promote Fitness

Nanny and Musician Shows Us How to Use Her CDs With Kids By Cindy Wilkinson, Musician and Nanny Any child who has ever had me as a teacher or heard one of my children’s CDs knows that I am a firm believer in the power of jumping! Here are some great movement activities using my […]

What Are Your Favorite Fingerplays?

Fingerplays to Use With Preschoolers A fingerplay is a rhyme to sing using our fingers or hands with the words of the song. Preschool songs and rhymes offer many life-long benefits to children. Fingerplays develop fine-motor co-ordination, sequential memory, and body awareness.  Be sure to teach the young children you care for preschool fingerplays, action rhymes, […]

What’s Your Favorite Lullaby?

Effect of Lullabies By Gary Ronberg from livestrong.com Years of research show that soft, slow, methodical music and words — such as those of a lullaby — can lull the mind to sleep by inducing delta waves in the brain. “Music exists in every culture, and infants have excellent musical abilities that cannot be explained […]