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Kids Music 101: Xylophones and Glockenspiels

xylo

This post is by regular contributor Christine Gora of Kids Music Toys. Everyone knows that a xylophone is a classic child’s toy loved the world over.  But did you know that most of the toys that are called xylophones are in fact glockenspiels? A true xylophone has wooden bars. The name comes from … [Read more...]

Kids Music 101: Music & Emotions – Music for Stimulating Positive Behaviour

Get up move CD

This post is by regular contributor Christine Gora of Kids Music Toys. Marketers have known for years that music is a powerful tool for encouraging particular consumer outcomes. There has been much research into the effects that volume, speed, pitch and types of music have on product preference … [Read more...]

Kids Music 101: Music and Emotions – Music for Calming

crying_baby

This post is by regular contributor Christine Gora of Kids Music Toys. In this post and over the next few months I will be exploring the ways in which music can be used to calm and to stimulate, how it can be used to influence emotion and mood, and also how it can be used for teaching children … [Read more...]

The Little Drummer: Drumming with Preschoolers

Little Drummer Boys

"Come they told me, pa rum pa pum pum A new born King to see pa rum pa pum pum" The strains of The Little Drummer Boy are in my ears as I write this, reminding me that there is a little drummer in every child. Keeping a beat is a basic musical instinct probably acquired from time in the womb … [Read more...]

DIY Kids: For those with Dancing Feet

Building our dancing stage

Immy loves to dance - leaping and spinning around the house all day long, everyday (I wish I knew the secret to such boundless energy).  For a little while now she has been asking for a dancing stage!  A large, flat piece of cardboard sufficed until it was left outside overnight and got wet with the … [Read more...]

Four Simple Musical Games for Children

Game 1: Peek-A-Boo You will need: a plain sheer scarf All young children love peek-a-boo games. Peek - a- boo can be played with any item that covers the eyes but it can be really enhanced with a sheer scarf. Soft, light and floaty scarves are loved by babies and young children. This peek –a … [Read more...]

Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen: Why Musical Play is So Important For Young Children

Today I welcome Christine Gora of Kids Music Toys with a guest post about the importance of children learning to listen. There is so much emphasis today on the visual. Young children are bombarded with visual stimuli through television and DVD. While all of this visual entertainment may have its … [Read more...]

Move over Wiggles and Hi-5…

Playschool is now way cool! Immy watches Playschool each day, usually in the morning as I am trying to shower, get dressed and check my email. I see Playschool as an appropriate show for a toddler and whilst I love singing and dancing along with her, I also feel safe in knowledge that Immy will … [Read more...]