Music is the X factor in children’s creativity: ideas to get creative with the kids and music

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.


Persil and Sophie Ellis Bextor’s top tips for ‘Getting Messy with Music’:

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.

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