It’s Music Mania over here y’all! So this month was all about creating and making music. We created our Music Mania Box to teach little ones all about the power of music. We just love how music can heal us, teach us, inspire us and meet us right where we are.This month’s Outside The Box includes 2 crafts and 1 activity. We are so excited to include a CD by Elizabeth Mitchell to inspire dance parties, sing alongs, jam sessions, and more all month long. Each box also comes with all the materials needed for 2 music making crafts, so every little one could create a shaker and a tambourine. Plus, not only do the little ones get to create their very own musical instruments, but they get the opportunity to practice important fine motor skills like cutting, taping, and stringing.
The first craft we did was the shaker, he cut his paper, taped the paper to his craft tube, filled the tube with beans and legumes, and finished by taping another cut piece of paper to the top of the craft tube. After that he went to town shaking his new shaker, while sporting his very awesome and fun crown created by mama and maker of Reserved Only, which also happens to be included in our Music Mania Box… because let’s be honest every musician needs a rockin’ outfit and a little flair.“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria Augusta von Trapp
“Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience… Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” — Dr. Oliver Sacks
It is such a joy to see his face as he made his instruments and started singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, followed by the Paw Patrol theme song. We laughed, made memories and talked about how music makes us feel. We talked about how music makes us laugh, how it makes us happy and brings us a smile, how sometimes it makes us excited and we just want to shake and dance, and how when we’re sad it can soothe us and comfort us. We talked about specific moments we’ve experienced these emotions while listening to music. We talked about the time he broke into dance in the middle of the D.C. mall when he heard a street musician playing the drums. He told me when he’s sad he likes me to rock him and sing You Are My Sunshine. We talked about how his favorite Jack Johnson song is Washing Dishes and it makes him smile and scream “pump it up” (which means turn up the volume). We talked about how Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals makes him laugh and he wants to make all the animal sounds, particularly the lion.Our second craft was creating a homemade tambourine. He cut the rubber bands and then in very earnest concentration he strung the bells on the rubber bands and helped me tie them around the inside of the embroidery hoop. Simple, fun and he was so proud of being able to create his own tambourine.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo
We created a box all about music because we know the importance it has in all of our lives. There are innumerable articles and research that shows music develops fine motor skills, aids in emotional and behavioral development, boosts executive brain function, strengthens speech processing, promotes empathy, fosters math and science ability, affects intellectual, language, and literacy development, and promotes imagination and creativity.
Music moves us and inspires us. It often hits us in a deep part of who we are. It makes us laugh, smile, and feel. This month was taking the time to connect, create and learn about the power, the impact and the importance of music in our lives and in the lives of others.