When music is played or sung to a baby, the brain lights up with neural connections. There are 10 parts of the brain that are affected by music:
- Auditory processing through the ears into the Auditory Cortex.
- The Hypocampus processes musical memories with experiences.
- Motor Cortex links movements like clapping, tapping or stamping with music.
- Amygdala evokes emotion.
- Cerebellum at the base of the brain connects emotion and body movement.
- Nucleus Accumbens is the reaction to music after it’s played and shows us how babies are affected emotional after hearing music.
- Right and left brains interconnect via the Corpus Callesum motor, sensory and cognitive performances.
- The Prefrontal Cortex at the front of the brain reacts with emotional fulfilment and behavioural expectations.
- Visual Cortex lights up with baby scarves, colour or pictures in a rhyming book; and lastly
- The Sensory Cortex receives what the tactile body response is and sends it to the somatosensory cortex to process.
Now that we know there is so much going to light up a baby’s brain during Music we have purpose and intention to play. Which actually motivates us to want to sing to our children more.
Let’s get started!
Baby Finger Plays to try every diaper change:
Round and round the garden like a Teddy Bear. One step, two step – tickle me under there (gentle tickles on the neck or armpit).
This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none, but this little piggy went wee wee wee wee all the way home. (Use fingers or toes for this one and lots of tickles under the arm and laughing and smiles at baby to evoke emotion).
Baby Song To Dance And Sing:
Everybody clap… Everybody sing, la la la la laaa, bow to your partner, then you turn around. Hands in the air, rock-a-bye a bear, bears now asleep, sh sh shhhh, Bears now asleep sh sh shhhh (pretend to fall asleep).
Use An Instrument, Lycra Or Material To Show And Feel Music:
We’re gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out. Shake, shake, shake my sillies out. Shake, shake, shake, my sillies out. Wiggle my waggles away.
Whatever you do your baby will love to hear from you!!
Sing as much as you like and try and remember your old nursery rhymes.
Remember – Enjoy the moment with them.
By Sarah Courtney
Mum of 3, Wife, Blogger and Early childhood Teacher.