Music is the X factor in children’s creativity: ideas to get creative with the kids and music
- Published on Monday, 29 October 2012 08:00
- Last Updated on 25 October 2012
- Monica Costa
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A new executive report reveals music is a key contributing factor to making a child happy and to developing their creativity – whether that’s banging on a saucepan with a wooden spoon or singing nursery rhymes on loop.
The research commissioned by Persil with child social psychologists, Dr Barbie Clarke and Siv Svanaes MSc, shows that making music boosts confidence and social skills, by teaching children how to work together. The new report reveals a child increases their creative development just as much by messing around and having fun with music as they do from hours of serious practice.
The executive report highlights:
It is beneficial for a child’s creative development to make loud noise whether that is screeching on a violin or banging on a saucepan
Playing music in a group helps to develop communication skills
Music helps to increase a child’s confidence
Music education can help to improve languages, literacy and maths
To encourage parents to get children involved with music from an early age, Persil has launched its ‘Get Messy With Music’ campaign spearheaded by musical mum Sophie Ellis Bextor. The campaign encourages parents and children to enjoy playing music together- whether it’s putting on face paint and dressing up like a rock star or making a musical instrument.
“Creativity and a love of music were passed onto me by my parents and I’m doing the same with my own kids. To me, music is all about having fun and getting stuck in which is why I’m encouraging families across the country to get involved with music at home” says mum of three Sophie Ellis Bextor.
The Mama’s and the Papas: Invest in quality time with your child to develop their creativity, not just for helping with homework! Make instruments from household items, create a stage in the back garden or make up rhythms and lyrics to your own song. Children experience instant gratification through these simple activities.
Little Lady Gagas: Dress up and recreate their favourite bands, then perform on stage as a family. This role-play helps to develop a child’s imagination and broaden their mind, while the family participation encourages social interaction.
Turn Tiny Terrors into Tinie Tempahs: Stick the washing machine on, turn the radio up and have a ‘Mosh and Wash’. Encourage your kids to jump around and make noise free from judgement! Children who are encouraged to exhibit creativity will feel more confident in later life.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums