Benefits of Action Songs for Preschoolers - Icon Playschool

   2019-11-07       32        Education
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Children are born musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers, and the opportunities for healthy development are endless.

Children’s action songs strengthen memory and recall.  

Children’s action songs offer rich learning experiences that have children memorizing information in a variety of ways.  Children’s action songs have children learning musically, verbally, visually, and physically – all at the same time.  The combination of all of these learning styles, found in children’s action songs, strengthens memorization of information and the ability to recall what has been learned.

Develop fine and gross motor skills

Songs such as ‘Ten little Indians…,’ ‘Five little ducks…,’ and ‘Itsy, bitsy Spider…,’ involve dexterous finger movements. Such finger play (opening and closing the fingers, wiggling and wagging them) aids fine motor skills development in your tiny tot. Similarly, when your little one mimics the actions and sings aloud, ‘Row, row, row your boat…,’ or chants, ‘I am a little tea-pot…,’she develops better muscular control, balance, and co-ordination.

Language development

The best way to help young children develop language skills is to play with words. Singing helps children learn to pronounce and hear new words. Singing songs very slowly can provide children with the opportunity to hear each word very clearly and therefore help them accurately repeat the associated sounds. Have fun singing very slowly, like turtles. All children’s action songs require that children use their word understanding, learn new words and ideas, and at times manipulate words and rhymes.  Children’s action songs are a fun musical way to teach and reinforce language, vocabulary and the understanding of words.

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When young children see and do the actions shown to them while performing action songs, it enables them to listen to and follow instructions. This is one of the early lessons they need to l"

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