Why Music is Important for Toddlers
As adults, listening to music is usually about having a good time, enjoying the beat or melody, or connecting with lyrics. But, music is exceptionally important for toddlers. It helps them to identify rhythms and tones, but beyond that, it has many cognitive benefits to consider!
These benefits will help your child’s development in more ways than one. Let’s take a look at exactly why music is so important (and beneficial) for toddlers.
It Helps With Literacy and Patterns
Babies can start to tell the difference between certain sounds at a very young age. As they continue to grow, they can recognize different voices and associate them with certain people.
When babies are introduced to music, it doesn’t take long for them to start to identify different sound patterns. As they grow into toddlers, this type of recognition becomes even more important. They learn how to put patterns into a sequence based on things like melody repetition or lyrics.
This is the building block of literacy; being able to predict what comes next. By singing things like nursery rhymes and musical poems to your child, you can help to build their literacy skills from a very young age.
It Boosts Motor Skills
Have you ever noticed your toddler bouncing around or dancing whenever a song starts to play? That natural movement should always be encouraged! It builds coordination and hones in on your child’s fine motor skills.
Listening to music also helps your child to learn rhythms and if they’re dancing, it can help with coordination, balance, and muscle development.
There are so many additional reasons to introduce music to your toddlers. Whether you let them listen to your favorite songs, play a musical instrument for them, or sing to them each day, they’ll love the interaction, and it can help them to develop emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.