Kids and music are a natural fit. Whether you’re singing a lullaby to your child or they are trying to make music of their own by using their toys, kids are hooked on music at a young age.

That’s one addiction you should do everything you can to encourage because music isn’t just fun for kids — it’s good for them too.

Beyond improving their sleep, relieving stress, and just having fun – music also has powerful cognitive benefits for young children, such as:

  • Improved Vocabulary: Being introduced to music at a young age can help your child learn new words or help them grasp the meaning of words they’ve heard but are unfamiliar with. That can benefit them for the rest of their lives, and it will help them in school.
  • Improved Math Ability: Children who are in music programs are more likely to score higher on math tests, and they don’t have to be a musical prodigy to reap the benefits.
  • Better Test Taking Ability: If you struggled taking tests in school and are searching for a way to help your child avoid the same hardships you did, you can sign them up for music classes. Music classes will help them score a bit better than the children who aren’t in music.

With all the benefits that music has to offer, it’s no wonder that us parents want to introduce our kids to music as early as possible. So, how can we foster a love for music and encourage it to grow from such a young age?

  • Use instruments: Instruments will help your child will learn how to create various sounds and rhythms while enhancing their fine motor skills.
  • Break out the dance moves: Snap your fingers, stomp your feet, clap your hands, and march around the room. Be silly and have fun with it.
  • Don’t micromanage: Children learn best through play and exploration, so try not to hover over them.
  • Make memories: Music is such a wonderful way to bond and create memories with your children, so put down the dishes and get it on the fun.

To learn about introducing music to your kids, check out this detailed article and infographic by Mom Loves Best