Music play can be a great way for your toddler to build his or her motor skills and practice self-expression.
Jennifer Lewis, a senior physical therapist at Tidelands Health Pediatric Rehabilitation Services at Azalea Lakes, says dancing and playing to music can help children improve speech, develop motor planning skills and learn how to follow directions. It’s fun, too.
“They don’t realize they’re engaged in all of those areas of development,” she says. “They just think they’re moving and dancing.”
At a time when there is more entertainment technology for young kids then ever before, Lewis says making sure your child is getting up and moving is important.
“One of the challenges these days is that kids are very technology oriented, which can lead to a lot of sedentary behavior,” she says. “Ultimately, that can increase the risk for obesity and other health concerns.”
Although public libraries and other locations may offer music play classes for infants and toddlers, you can easily introduce them at home, too. Here are some ways to get you started: