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Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

Origami Spring Butterflies for your Preschooler

Music Matters Butterfly for Feature photo blog
What do Butterflies, Spring and Origami have in common? Together they make a delightful Musical Craft activity for your child.     Why not find some pretty square paper and celebrate the beginning of Spring with your active preschooler? Print out this origami butterfly...

Winter Words for Warming Your Young Willing Thinkers

Winter comes to Early Learning Music class
Pre-schoolers love playing with letters. Take advantage of their curiosity and make a unique learning game that you can play over and over in the cold winter months. Search for the word “COLD” in clip art and print out a copy that is not copy protected or make your...

Puppet greetings

Music Matters 2 Happy Face Puppets on sticks - CROPPED for feature image
Growing up with puppets is fun, fun, fun. Puppets know how to say hi and goodbye. In fact puppets have perfect communication manners all the time! Have you ever wondered how children know what to say? When my grandson, aged 4, eye-balled his new Kindy teacher and said,...

Spring into Step: why movement is crucial to learning

Early Learning Music and movement
Asking your toddler to sit still is like asking the sun to stop shining. Moving when learning is crucial. It is impossible for the sun to stop shining and likewise for your toddler to keep still…and there is a good reason. Its as natural for toddlers to move as it is for...

Blue Bird loves to Whistle

Whistling kite for Music Matters
Blue Bird loves to whistle and pre-schoolers love trying to! Whistling is fun, and its good for you. Whistling encourages deep breathing. Deep breathing can help relaxation. Whistling strengthens the mouth muscles and exercises the tongue in ways that talking, laughing and...

8 Winter songs for your little singer

Winter songs for Music Matters
Winter Snow Songs What better season to cuddle up and learn a new song? Songs about the seasons intrigue pre-schoolers as they are just starting to realise the re-occurring patterns of the year. The songs below are printable, so pop them on the fridge and sing a new one every...

Musical Memory Matching Game

Music Matters percussion fun
Pre-schoolers love to match things up. Where does the glove go? On my hand…of course! This Musical Memory Matching game takes things to the next level. It is suitable for the 3-4 year age group but is lots of fun for older children as it really gets them thinking and...

Four reasons that music counts

Colours of four Early Learning Music
Can you count to four? Can you keep a steady beat or do you feel you have “no musical bone in your body?” Music really counts…here’s why. Counting is a basic life skill that everyone needs. Your child of any age benefits from counting practice. In music we...

Marching wakes up each side of the brain

Early Learning Music marching
The Grand Old Duke of York marched his men up the hill and down again because he knew it was GOOD for them. Your toddler learning to march swings his arms up high. His little knees are lifted higher than in walking. Purposefully creating extravagant movements takes more brain...

Bearly new songs for Early Learning Music class

Early Learning Music
SONGS FOR A BEAR Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink one eye, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit...