Music Games and Activities For Kids

Children genuinely love to learn and sing new songs, although quite loudly. Making music can be completely simple. The best way to get started is to involve the kids as much as possible. It’s not enough for them to listen to music, they have to participate if you want them to enjoy the music. Include a homemade instrument, and you have a piece of music your child will love.

Music can calm your mind and rejuvenate your senses regardless of the type of music you’re listening to. Different studies have already demonstrated the positive effects of learning a musical instrument on the human brain. Music also has an overall effect on a child’s development.

Below are some interactive and interesting music games that you can teach your kids and help them enjoy the benefits of playing music.

Interesting music games and activities for kids

The idea of interactive music usually involves dancing and not just singing along. Some of these music games are quite simple, while others are a bit complicated. However, they all promise to be interesting and engaging for your kids.

1.     Hide and listen

This musical game involves hearing the music and locating where the sound is coming from. It’s a good way to develop your child’s listening skills.

What you need

  • Space to hide
  • Musical props

How to play

  • Ask your child to close his/her eyes or blindfold the child.
  • Hide any musical instrument such as a tambourine or music toy somewhere in the room within hearing distance.
  • Increase the volume of the music from the toy and move away from the location.
  • Ask the child to open his/her eyes and seek the toy.
  • Continue to change the position once the musical device has been found.

2.     Match the Sounds

This involves making the right associations to the music. Here, the child uses his whole body and adopts creative languages to describe the music. This can be played by children of all ages but it’s more fun for kids that know a thing or two about musical instruments.

What you need

  • A musical device such as a flute, guitar, violin, cello, etc.
  • A white or chalkboard or sheets of paper
  • Pencils or color pens

How to play  

  • Get your child acquainted with different musical instruments and their associated sounds.
  • Give each child a piece of paper and color pens. Or make a whiteboard available for them to write on.
  • Play a song to the child or class and ask them to concentrate on its composition.
  • Ask the child to start drawing or writing when the music starts and stop when the music stops playing.
  • Increase the number of instruments in the song as the child becomes familiar with different musical instruments.

3.     Pass the parcel

This is an old favorite game and rightly so. It is mostly played at birthday parties but can be enjoyed at home. You can modify the game by having your kids sing and clap along to the song.

What you need

  • Newspapers or wrapping paper
  • Music player
  • Little toys or special gift in a small package
  • Sweets, candies, and other treats

How to play

  • Wrap the main gift in different layers of wrapping paper or newspaper.
  • Put a treat within each of the layers until there’s a big package.
  • Don’t wrap the gift too tight so the layers can be easily removed.
  • Sit the children in a circle and play some music, while the children sing and clap along.
  • Ask them to pass the parcel in a clockwise direction.
  • The child holding the parcel when the music stops gets to unwrap only one of the layers.
  • Continue this until it gets to the last layer. The child who unwraps the last layer gets to keep the toy.
  • To make it fairer, make sure there’s a treat at every wrap. This way everyone has a treat once the game is over.

4.     Little Maestros

You probably didn’t know Mozart started composing music at the age of five. Amazing, isn’t it! You can also start introducing your child to the idea of reading or writing sheet music using this game. 

What you need

  • Sheets of paper
  • Sketch pads
  • Color pens or pencils

How to play

  • Designate specific symbols for various sounds that the children can make using their bodies. 
  • Create at least four sounds with their corresponding symbols. This sound can include whistling, clapping, tapping the table, stomping, slapping themselves on the thighs, and so on. Have a sequence of symbols that the child can read to make music.
  • You could assign a circle for clapping, a triangle for whistling, and so on. Just make sure the symbol is something the child can easily write.
  • Show them how to write down a simple rhythm that you have made up.
  • Next, encourage the children to show their music on the sketch pads or sheets of paper while the others follow the ‘notes’ to compose their music.

The kids will clap, snap their fingers, whistle, stomp their little feet, and hit the desks… and all the while having fun and making sweet music! Watch as they create their own masterpieces!

5.     Freeze dance

This can be another fun and invigorating activity for kids. The game is simple to play and helps enhance the child’s social skills, cognition, and motor skills.

What you need

  • Music player
  • Interesting playlist

How to play

  • Explain the rule of the game to the children: dance once the music starts and freeze when the music stops.
  • Start blasting the music.
  • Play upbeat music.
  • Ask the kids to check out the funny poses their friends are stuck in.

6.     Open mic night

There’s nothing more fun than karaoke co. It doesn’t matter if you have a karaoke machine or not. What matters is that you’re hitting the right notes and singing the right words. This helps your child read and memorize words.  

What you need

  • Music player
  • A microphone
  • Karaoke songs that your child knows and can sing along

How to play

  • Make a list of songs that your child likes and enjoys singing. Put them in a box.
  • Divide the children into groups. Have two people in each group (if possible) and ask them to sing along.
  • They have to sing the right lyrics to pass the karaoke competition.
  • You could score their tone and the correctness of their lyrics but avoid judging their singing voice.
  • You can mix it up with dancing to make it more fun for the kids

In a nutshell

These games should help your child become more musically inclined while developing their cognitive skills. You can come up with different ways to craft new music with the traditional games using rope jumps, red rover, hopscotch, or the floor is lava, etc. You can also include music in their daily chores and other tasks to make them more enjoyable and less mundane.

 

Reference list

https://www.momjunction.com/articles/music-games-activities-for-kids_00387016/

https://www.simplydaycare.com/making-music.html

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/15-interactive-music-games-for-kids/

https://kidactivities.net/music-games-for-the-classroom/

https://empoweredparents.co/music-games-for-kids/