Musical Games for Kids: Songs from Around the World

Musical Games for Kids: Songs from Around the World

Inspire an interest in culture & geography with this fun musical game for kids!

I'm always looking for fun ways to integrate a little geography into our lives -- especially hands-on activities that allow us to use maps !

So when our friends from The Educator's Spin on It sent over a copy their new book (an AWESOME collection of learning games), it didn't take much time for us to decide which activity we wanted to showcase:  Mapping Songs from Around the World!

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8 Gorgeous Handmade Instruments Made From Recycled Items

You don't need a lot of fancy instruments to create beautiful music. 

In fact, kids can make so many types of instruments on their own AND using items you would either recycle or throw away.

We had some absolutely gorgeous and wonderfully creative ideas shared at this week's Discover & Explore Music linky.  So grab that recycle bin and get started!

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Music Activities & Instruments for Kids

I'm sure you've read at least a few of the research articles highlighting how beneficial music is in a child's life .  Music has been shown to boost memory, enhance learning and help kids to focus on a task.

Most importantly, music is something kids enjoy! 

It entices them to dance, sing along and relax -- allowing them to practice large motor skills, enhance their verbal development and enjoy the world. 

My kids always ask for music!  While they're doing their chores or helping around the house , they play the radio.  Both have requested to play instruments way before we thought they would be ready (but given their interest and the fact that we found the right music teacher, they have really enjoyed it). 

And I can't tell you the number of musical rhymes and memorization tips we've used to help them with their school work (I don't think anyone in the world can say the ABC's without singing it :)

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