Making music – Child

making music childMaking music is an important way for children to self regulate and to communicate ideas and emotions.

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Children benefit from opportunities to make their own music and free play time to explore and master musical noise making. Participating in musical activities is important for creativity and imagination and inspires a sense of wonder.

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Children delight in creating music alone and with you. When they engage you in their music making, make comments and ask occasional questions that keep the interaction going. Try modeling or making comments on music that matches emotions or ideas e.g. “That’s sounds big and loud like a big, angry bear is coming”, “Oh that sounds like fairies dancing”, “That music sounds happy”, “That music sound slow and sad”.

Other development

Using musical instruments helps develop eye-hand coordination and motor planning skills.

Songs and music can help teach concepts and contrasts e.g. fast/slow, stop/go, up/down, in/out, loud/soft, high/low, left/right.


Creating musical instruments from household items and recycled materials develops creativity, problem solving and can stimulate imagination. The process of them creating is more important than what the finished product looks like.

Try creating a “sound garden” outside by hanging different wooden, metal or plastic items from a tree or fence and having objects to use for strikers. For example, wooden or metal spoons, cardboard tubes, and lengths of doweling provide endless opportunities for children to explore and experiment with sounds made by different materials.


Be sure there is no chance of hanging or choking hazards in setting up your “sound garden”.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. Check out making music for babiestoddlers and playgroups.


Activities listed under “child” are suitable for children 3 years and older.  Children of this age enjoy more complex activities where they can develop their skills and use their imagination while playing with friends.