For some parents, screen time is a constant battle with their little ones. Getting your kids to put down technology can be easier said than done.
It’s often hard to find fun activities for kids that are as engaging as screen time.
But luckily, there’s a power among us that can help you combat against screen time.
Music has the power to both engage and inspire your kids.
This blog will cover how music can replace your kids’ screen time with creative time. We’ll go over the benefits music has on kids and the fun ways to incorporate music into their routines.
How Music Helps Children’s Development
Did you know that by the age of 3, a child’s brain is 85 percent of its adult size? And by the time a child is 5 years old, their brains have formed vital connections for communication.
Music is a fun and engaging activity for your little ones. But it also has amazing benefits to aid their developmental years.
Ways that music can help children’s development include:
• Improves their motor skills
• Music improves and uplifts their moods.
• Improves their language skills, as they learn how to read music
• Teaches kids to socialize with other children. Via choirs, bands, or orchestras.
• Music can power a child’s creativity and self-expression.
Music alone has the power to engage our kids. But you’ll still need to put in a little work with implementing fun activities.
Let’s go over some ways that parents and caregivers can replace screen time with music time.
Family Karaoke Nights
Karaoke nights allow your family to spend quality time together away from distractions.
Choose a night each week designated for family karaoke nights. Pick your family’s favorite songs and add some snacks to keep your little ones engaged.
Karaoke nights make great Friday night activities for the whole family.
Learning how to play an instrument has amazing benefits for your kids.
Did you know that playing an instrument improves kids’ hand-eye coordination? This is because playing requires our brains to translate notes into melodies.
Playing an instrument also can improve your child’s memory and motor functions.
Learning an instrument is a challenging activity for anyone. But when your child masters a note or even a song, this accomplishment is a great boost of confidence for them.
Music lessons are the perfect way to get your kids to ease up on screen time. With weekly music lessons and daily practicing, they can spend their time learning instead of scrolling.
Concerts & Dance Parties
There’s nothing better than seeing your favorite artist or band at a live concert. Concerts are an immersive, multi-sensory experience for your kids. And there are way more children-friendly concerts than you think.
If you’d rather stay home, convert your living room into a concert hall for your kids. This is a super fun activity for your kids to enjoy while being away from screens.
Start by making a set of their favorite songs. Allow them to sing and dance just like they would at a concert. Dim the lights and add a few glow sticks for some extra fun.
You can even have themed dance parties where you listen to music from an era in time. It’s a great time to show your kids all the old music you love.
It’s no mystery that kids love games. So why not replace screen time with personalized music games your kids will love.
Music games come in all shapes and sizes. Count on the classics like musical chairs. This game allows your kids to run around and have fun while listening to their favorite tunes.
Or you can have a craft night where you make homemade instruments. Try raw pasta in water bottles to make your own at-home maracas.
Other fun musical games include:
• Freeze Dance
• Lip Sync Battles
• Telephone Tune
• Musical Charades
Visit a Music Store
Getting your kids out of the house is the easiest way to reduce screen time. Take a visit to your local music store to gain some inspiration.
Music stores can be an engaging place for kids. They can see the wonder and awe of pianos, guitars, and other cool instruments they may not have seen before.
Allowing your children to see the arrangement of shiny new instruments could spark their musical interest. You may even see a professional playing during one of these visits.
Fun musical activities for your family are endless. It only takes one song to turn your kids’ attention from their screens to the world in front of them.
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