So you’re toddlers new musical instrument toy has just arrived in the mail and they’re busy unwrapping it and popping it out of the box.  Musical toys, like pianos are wonderful for toddlers, as they help their cognitive development and motor skill development, and they are just all round great fun; does any tot out there not like making a lot of noise?

In order to help your little one get the most out of their music toy, here are our 5 tips for encouraging them to play with it.

1 Find the Right Instrument Toys

Depending on your child’s personality, there might be certain instruments that they naturally gravitate towards.  Do they like banging on a toy drum?  Are they interested in the toy keyboard?  Find the toy instrument that your child really likes.

2 Make it Fun for the Kids

You can try to incorporate your new instruments into fun games for your toddler.  For example, if they have a keyboard, you can ask them questions and get them to hit a low note for ‘no’ and a high note for ‘yes’.

3 Make a Band with the Kids

This one might annoy the neighbors a bit if you over do it, but this is a really cool way to get toddlers into musical instruments.  Make some noise with your toddler, using other instruments you have in the house, or even some home-made instruments, like an empty shoe box for a drum.  Get the siblings to join in too if you can.

4 Teach them Nursery Rhythms

Kids love nursery rhythms, so if you can teach them some, or even just parts of a rhythm, they will really love playing it.  Why not trying singing along with them as they play?  Remember, they are still toddlers, so they don’t need to be experts.  Just keep it fun, and be very encouraging when they make mistakes.

5 Encourage them to Play

You want to be very positive and encourage your toddler to keep playing with their toy instrument.  Tell them that they are doing well, and praise them when they play something beautiful.  And don’t be afraid to tell them that they can have a real instrument once they are old enough to play it.

The idea of more and more parents going back to University to study again should not come as a shock. It is but quite natural that parents, especially mothers would love to get out of the house and do something different. Older parents who are just experiencing the empty nest syndrome also look forward to going back to school to pick up from where they left off.

There are many universities that have separate higher education for parents. This is a wonderful chance for those who are strong and positive enough to believe that their life is not yet over. They still have a chance to make something out of themselves and prove to the world that they still got it.

Parents going back to the college to study have many reasons

  • To acquire better skills for better jobs
  • To work on getting a degree that they somehow missed in the past
  • Improve employment chances so that they are independent
  • To avoid staying at home and being lonely and depressed
  • Ensuring a personal fulfillment
  • Setting an example for the children

It is not just the parents but the children also who benefit from this second attempt at education. The children are now aware that the parents are busy and they should help out more in the house. They learn to respect the parents more and appreciate the efforts put in on all fronts. Children learn to see the parents in their own right. It also brings the family together because it means children learn to carry their own weight and help around in all aspects of the household.

Parents become a better role model for the children and the children learn to respect the parent for their accomplishments in the education field. This is a wholesome effort by the whole family. It is a fact that more parents are now pulling up their socks and getting back to school. This should be encouraged more by the next generation.