5 benefits of musical toys for babies and toddlers
Music is a universal language and an integral part of human society and culture. It permeates our lives through radio, television, and theatre, forms part of our celebrations and is an instinctive way for many of us to express ourselves. Additionally, music has many developmental benefits for young children. Below are five reasons to consider musical toys for the babies and toddlers in your life.
1. Promotes creativity
Children are naturally curious and will enjoy exploring the different sounds they can make with a range of musical educational toys. Xylophones and flutes are a great way for toddlers to try to repeat familiar melodies, while musical bells, castanets and maracas will create fun percussive sounds to stimulate young brains and help them express their creative talents.
2. Boosts cognitive skills and sensory development
A lot of research has been done on the benefits of music for young brains as it stimulates neural pathways and promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It is thought that the patterns and rhythms of music help the brain to become faster and more efficient at transmitting information. Babies and toddlers who are exposed to music perform better in areas such as language development, speech, listening and reading skills.
3. Develops gross and fine motor skills
It can be tricky for little fingers to master the coordination required to hold and play musical toys. Correctly striking a drum or xylophone, for example, requires proper handling of drum sticks, and good hand-eye coordination. A variety of wooden instrument toys of different sizes, shapes and types will encourage different muscle areas to strengthen and develop.
4. Teaches patience
Playing musical instruments, like any skill, takes time to master. Children will enjoy the sense of achievement they get from learning through play as they are gradually able to repeat familiar tunes or patterns, or maintain a steady rhythm. Toddler toys are also a great way to introduce the concept of waiting and turn-taking to young children to promote positive social interactions.
5. Encourages self-expression
Babies and toddlers don’t always have the vocabulary they need to express themselves and can get frustrated when they are unable to verbalise their feelings. Musical baby and infant toys give children an opportunity to express however they are feeling in the moment and can help release any pent-up energy, as well as just being a whole lot of fun!
The world of music has so much to offer young children. Now that you know the benefits, pick up those bells and maracas and shake along with your little ones!
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