17 activities with music that stimulate creativity and self-esteem in children
Music is an excellent therapy for everything , it stimulates the intelligence of babies and children and it has been proven that it helps with learning problems, disorders and deficiencies in children, it increases their self-esteem… That is why we are going to get started and propose 17 activities with music to stimulate creativity and self-esteem in children .
In addition, to carry out most of these proposals we will not need preparation, nor a special place or specific materials, so that we can have fun learning at any time.
1) Make music with the body
Making music with the body, that is, doing “body percussion”. Create sounds by clapping your hands, patting your legs, your belly, your cheeks…
2) Inventing sounds
Experiment with the sounds of the mouth, since a long “a” does not sound the same as a short one, a “u” with the mouth very closed, covering the nose, whistling… You can make up a song in an invented language with varied sounds and words that do not exist in our language.
3) Musical dialogues
“Dialogue” with the sounds of the body or the mouth. It is a mixture of the two previous activities and can be very useful for young children, since we set a base and they repeat us (like an echo) or try to respond with a variation of sound or musicality.
4) Imitate sounds
Imitate sounds from the environment, animals, household appliances, play with onomatopoeia… In the park, at home or on an outing, we are always surrounded by sounds, we just have to pay attention to them.
5) Musical instruments
Play musical instruments suitable for children such as tambourines, maracas, flutes, children’s guitars, drums… trying to find rhythms or accompanying a song. If you want to continue your musical training, here we explain how to choose the most suitable instrument .
6) Invent or build instruments
It is not necessary to have an instrument “to use”. Many everyday objects then make “music” (or at least rhythms) and we can also create homemade drums, maracas or flutes, recycle to create instruments …
7) Describe sounds
Listen to the sounds of the environment, both natural and artificial, and describe them in their own words to be more aware of what surrounds us and expand language skills. Check out more interesting articles on our site.
8) Draw the sounds
A variant of the previous activity, but that he does not describe with words but with drawings, letting his imagination fly and developing fine motor skills.
9) Create stories
Imagine stories from a sound, tell a story or introduce the reason for a sound or music in an invented story.
10) Put music to a story
We can also do the opposite exercise: from a story, we are going to put a soundtrack on it, adding a song that we like or inventing music for that story.
There are many reasons to dance with our children , it is a fun and empowering exercise that helps to lose inhibitions. With the little ones we can execute basic rhythms (binary and ternary) through body movement, with or without displacement… but let’s not forget the free and “crazy” dance.
12) Children choreographers
The little ones can be the best dance teachers , so you have to choose your favorite music and create a choreography full of imagination.
13) Make a music video
Record ourselves singing or dancing, we can record our own music video, but to make it look good you will have to rehearse beforehand!
14) Traditional games with music
Play ring games, the potato ring and other simple traditional dances.
15) Musical emotions
Put soundtrack to your mood. What song suggests sadness to you? What music makes you happy? What would be the music for anger?
16) Guess the song
Find out what song it is by listening to just the first few seconds.
17) Family Orchestra
Organize an orchestra where each member of the family plays a musical instrument, which can be invented (maracas, sound boxes, etc.) and perform a musical work
We hope that the rhythm does not slow down and that you put into practice these activities with music and lots of rhythm that stimulate children’s creativity , as well as improve their self-esteem. Any time and any place is ideal for fun.