Music never loses its ability to move us. In fact, as kids get older and get exposed to more and more music, their capacity to appreciate and be moved by music grows. Somehow, though, around age 5 or 6, so many of our music makers start to grow more shy about letting loose the playful musician inside. Perhaps it’s for good reason. Many start to learn to play an instrument, focusing on technique over wild experimentation. We also know that most kids enter school and hop on the activity and playdate circuit, a lifestyle in which chances for unstructured play with sound grow few and far between.
To reawaken the wild musician inside, take your kids outside to make music. Give them the open-ended challenge to make as many different sounds as they can with a few materials from home and with all that mother nature has to offer. Bring your phone or any digital recording device to capture each different sound, honoring each discovery and motivating them to bang, rub, shake and shuffle outside the box. Add some live music and turn the day outdoors into a jam session. If you are a digital adventurer, download the sounds and add them to a favorite track, making your own nature mashup. No matter how you spin it, making music outside with your kids is good for body, brain and soul.
Have little kids on hand? Here’s how we help kids age 0-5 make music like wild things.
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me