Music Time is Fun Time
Music always brightens my day! Everyone has a favorite song that instantly makes you cheerful whenever you hear it. I know I do!
Health Benefits of Music
Music can be beneficial to your health. Music has proven abilities to help soothe when you’re feeling upset or anxious. Did you know it can help animals too? Some animal shelters play soft music to help calm the dogs and cats they house.
Music encourages communication and social interaction. This is especially true for my friends on the autism spectrum. Think of all the fun that happens while you are singing a happy song in a group setting. People smile and clap, jump and dance. For autistic children, this becomes more important because many have difficulty expressing themselves. Learning through the sounds and rhythms of music is helpful because it enables the mind to focus better and block out unwanted distractions.
Encouraging Play Through Music
So how can we get more music into our daily routine? The simplest way is to lessen the role of TV in the household and introduce music. Have soft music on in the mornings when you and your child are getting ready for the day. It will soon become a welcome part of the routine! Play fun, upbeat songs when preparing meals or doing chores. You can even make a game of it—see who can get their toys picked up before the end of the song.
Schedule some dance time in the afternoons to burn off energy. Put on a quick tempo song and watch your kids groove around the living room.
A fun activity I like is playing music on homemade instruments. Stretch cut balloons over the top of empty tin cans to make drums. Wrap rubber bands over a plastic food tub to make a “guitar”. Take an old dog collar and glue jingle bells on it to make an easy, grip-able bell noise maker.
Make Your Own Homemade Egg Shakers
You can also use my pellets to make homemade egg “maracas”. Simply gather up those used empty plastic Easter eggs. If you don’t have any lying around the house, you can also use the plastic bubble shells from the toy machines at the grocery store.
Take our high quality plastic pellets and fill the shells about 1/3 full. You can use more or less, depending on the noise you want to achieve. Feel free to close the shell to test them out, just be careful not to spill since they aren’t fully sealed yet.
Once you’ve got the right amount of pellets in your eggs, close the eggs and take a 1/2 inch strip of your favorite decorative duct tap and seal the edge. Now you’re ready to play!
How do you incorporate music into your day? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
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