At Kids Cove we believe that engaging in Art & Crafts benefits all aspects of children’s development, including creative confidence and independence.
Our creative program encourages children to explore new sensations, using their imagination, as they develop physical, social, and intellectual skills. We encourage activities that allow them to express their feelings such as art, and music, as they learn to understand their emotions.
Music and movement is an important part of the Early Year Learning Framework. We are an approved ‘Munch & Move’ service which is a NSW health initiative that supports the healthy development of children aged 0-6 years.
Music and Thinking Skills
Music is a powerful tool that helps children learn new thinking skills. When children play with musical instruments, they explore cause and effect. It helps with sensory development and allows them to be creative. Additionally, they learn to pay attention to changes in sound, noting for example that certain keys sound deeper than others. Exploring musical instruments also helps children learn how different instruments work in association with the sounds they create and has been proven to enhance coordination and create more brain pathways.
Inviting guest musicians to the child care program is one of the many effective ways we introduce unfamiliar musical instruments to them. We pride ourselves on being the only Child Care Centre that has a dedicated music room which includes a variety of instruments for your children to utilise!
Music and Language
Singing songs is a powerful way for young children to practice language. When children sing, they practice pronouncing words, pitches, and putting together sentences. Learning the lyrics to songs is also an effective way to remember information. How many people first learned the alphabet by singing the ABC song? Our brains remember language better when it is set to music.
Music and Motor Skills
Teaching children songs with motions help children practice fine-motor coordination. Doing the finger motions of a song like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider“ or a finger play like “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed“ helps children practice their hand and finger control — a skill necessary for writing and handling small objects.