Music is one of the great joys in life. It evokes emotion, signifies a celebration, calms and soothes us, and is an important part of culture and identity. Music also has many developmental benefits for young children. Here are five reasons to consider musical toys for the babies and toddlers in your life.
- FIRST AND FOREMOST, THEY ARE JUST GOOD FUN. Is there anything cuter than a toddler who first learns to find their groove? Their little faces crinkle up, their knees start to bounce and their little toosh wiggles. Dancing and music brings joy. Period.
- THEY PROMOTE CREATIVITY. Children are curious creatures and will enjoy exploring the different sounds they can make with musical toys. Xylophones are a great way for toddlers to try to repeat familiar melodies, and these days are often built with added extras like shape sorters, while maracas will create fun percussive sounds to help teach rhythm and express their creative talents.
- THEY IMPROVE COGNITIVE SKILL AND SENSORY DEVELOPMENT. Music benefits little brains as it stimulates neural pathways and encourages critical thinking. The patterns and rhythms of music help develop the brain, and babies and toddlers who are musically inclined perform better in areas such as maths, language development, speech, listening and reading skills.
- MUSICAL TOYS TEACH PATIENCE. Learning to play a musical instrument can be challenging. Like any skill, practice makes perfect. The reward and the sense of achievement kids get when they can repeat a tune, or create their own, is priceless. The concept of effort and hard work being rewarded is impressed upon children at an early age and can carry through to other areas of their lives.
- THEY ENCOURAGE SELF-EXPRESSION. Musical toys give children an opportunity to express how they are feeling. Whether they feel like beating a drum, dancing out some extra energy or choose to be soothed by the tones of a Marble tree such as these, musical toys offer something for every emotion! Are you looking for some musical toys for your child to enjoy in everyday play? Have a look at our range here!