Why We Love Music Camp For Toddlers (And You Should, Too!)

Mar 29, 2017

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Toddlers are, in a word, busy. They’re really the only ones who know what’s so important all the time, but they certainly do love to go, move, do, and most of all, say “No!” Parents are often faced with wild mood swings; one moment everything is going fine, the next it’s the end of the world. A toddler will cling to Mommy like they’ll never let go, no matter what, then mere moments later, insist they can do things all on their own and don’t need any help. At the very same time, these little one’s are learning to become social animals, interested in what other people are doing, and moving away from parallel play, where they do their own thing side-by-side with other children, to more cooperative play where a group is participating. And under all this craziness is an unconscious, desperate need for structure, predictability, and routine.

And as if all this weren’t enough, their brains are expanding at an incredible rate. In fact, there is only one other point in their lives when their brain will show so much activity: puberty and the teenage years. Their vocabulary and communication skills are developing, going from just a handful or spoken words to well over 300 by just age 3. Motor skill development is speeding up, letting them run, jump, and gallop all other the place. It’s no wonder parents are so exhausted! With so much going on inside that little mind and body, parents are always looking for the best ways to direct that energy in positive and educational avenues. Which brings us to this week’s topic: musical summer camp for toddlers! Summer camps, especially those with a musical element, are the perfect warm weather compliment to those expanding little minds, and here’s why!

Structure

First and foremost, children require structure in their lives. It helps calm them when they know what comes next, and it’s equally important for their developing minds. With a set routine involving all kinds of activities ranging from singing and music to outdoor sports and activities, summer camps are a fantastic way to provide your little ones with all the structure and routine they crave during those warm summer months.

Language & Reasoning Development

The brain continues to develop well after birth, and recent studies have clearly found that an early education in music helps to physically develop the left side of the brain. This area is known to be involved with language and reasoning skills, and this development even goes so far as to wire the brain in specific ways, preparing their minds for challenges to come, like school!

Spacial Intelligence Development

Research into musical education has shown a casual link between music and the development of a child’s spacial intelligence, which is the ability to perceive the world accurately, and to form mental pictures of things. This kind of intelligence, which lets people imagine a variety of elements that should fit together, is essential for all kinds of mental processes, including everything from solving complex math problems to being able to plan and pack a bag with everything a child may need for their day.

Physical & Mental Activities

Summer camps, and musical summer camps in particular, are able to feed both a child’s need for physical activities, as well as properly challenge their minds. Musical activities meant to stimulate the mind, combined with a lot of outdoor fun, create the perfect learning environment for those high energy youngsters!

Prepares Them for Future Summer Breaks

Studies have shown that older children are in danger of falling behind in their studies over summer break, and that kids are more prone to weight-gain when they’re out of school. Getting them into summer programs that stimulate both their bodies and their mind when they’re still too young for school will prepare them for future summer breaks. Music, in particular, has been shown to help limit the amount of backsliding children do during the summer months. Instilling in them at a young age that summer is still a time for learning, just a more physical, maybe more fun version of it, can save some difficulties later in life.

Prepares Them for Academic Success

An education in music helps children to develop skills that will be helpful during their school years. Music, and musical camps by extension, focus on “doing,” as opposed to simply watching. It teaches children to perform anywhere. The creativity and flexibility of thought that music teaches becomes a vital tool for education as they grow, and can even give them a leg up in university and beyond.

Freedom

As much as kids crave and indeed, need, structure, there is also something to be said for unstructured time too. During the rest of the years, toddlers are wrapped up in a strict routine set down by parents or childcare workers. While it’s still extremely important for summer camps to continue to offer a good, strong routine for children, there is also ample opportunity for free, unstructured playtime. Camp is an opportunity for a little slice of carefree, silly childhood.

Teamwork

Our modern world only works through a lot of teamwork, and it’s never too early to introduce your children to that all important skill. Summer music camp is an excellent opportunity to start. Making music is, at its heart, a communal, team activity, and even the youngest of musicians can benefit from learning to play with others. In a summer camp, this teamwork is reinforced outside the music room, with games, group activities, and outdoor sports!

True Friendships are Born

Camp is simply the place where kids make their very best friends. Placed right smack in the middle of a group of other kids their age, with a common interest in making music, even if it’s only with the most basic understanding, and the simplest if instruments, it’s not hard to see bonds being formed. Camp encourages kids to make friends easily, and all the fun activities – singing, laughing, talking, running, playing, and yes, making music – draws them all together in friendships that can last a lifetime.