Whether we are singing “Old MacDonald”, or even “happy birthday”, we all partake in singing early on in our lives. Singing with your children can not only be a fun experience for the family, but also an educational opportunity for your child. Shown in a recent study by the University of California, it was found that out of the young 2nd graders who were given singing lessons, 27% scored higher on the various tests than those who did not receive lessons. As their brains develop, the use of singing allows more parts of the brain to function while continuing to grow.

Where there is singing, most likely instruments will follow. Your toddler will be having so much fun singing and banging on the drums that they won’t even notice they are multitasking. This is a great way to strengthen physical abilities. The singing and clapping will get them to dance, therefore building endurance.

One last important benefit to touch on is expression of emotions. When they are happy they will sing their hearts out, and pass the joy to the onlookers. Even when they have rainy days, it can be beneficial to pep them up with an encouraging and uplifting melody. And to think, some of these songs will stay with them forever. I learned a song about Alfred the Alligator seven years ago, I still sing about him today.

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