Beyond ‘Twinkle Twinkle’: Videos & activities for early learners

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris

This week, the Fred Rogers Center shared an article from Zero to Three about the power of music for infants and toddlers. It ties music to key early development skills: physical, thinking, language, and literacy skills.

As a librarian, I know the value of music; that’s why so much of our storytimes are music based. But this article highlighted how instrumental music is to all learning. It also includes wonderful activity ideas for many ages and stages.

Want some ideas on how to enjoy music together? Check out lots of fun videos and activities below!

Watch these videos

Jenny (and I, honestly!) love to narrate our days through song. Here, Jenny demonstrates a few of the songs she sang with the dog she was fostering. My mother and I adapt songs we know and sing them to each other, to our dog Bingo, and to my brother Josh. It’s part of our day to day routine! And it’s fun.

In our first Early Bird Readers video, Jenny and I shared ways to personalize songs and to use music to increase listening and movement skills.

Here are some further fun resources you can use to include music in your days:

Shelley Harris

About Shelley

Shelley is a children’s librarian with a passion for early literacy, serving and celebrating the disability community, and exploring technology. She can often be found practicing storytime songs with her black lab, Bingo.

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