Supporting Thinking in Infants and Toddlers Through Active Music and Play Experiences

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While most adults know that movement supports physical development, it is less well-known that it also supports cognitive development. Infants quickly learn that banging, squeezing, or shaking a toy can produce interesting results. One way to support young children’s early learning is to provide materials they can move to make things happen. Adults can also support infants’ movement by playing and singing music with different rhythms and tempos, and by dancing with babies to different types of music. This helps babies learn that their body can move in different ways in response to what is going on around them.

 

Lullabies, Leaping, and Learning: Supporting Thinking in Infants and Toddlers Through Active Music and Play Experiences
This video is part of a series of five videos created as part of the Center’s effort to study the effects of physical and outdoor play. The work was funded in part by Head Start Body Start.
Producer: Julia DeLapp
Videographer and Video Editor: Ken Measimer
Student Production Assistant: Kristin Chemerka
Content Experts: Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Dr. Darren Robert, Dr. Ann Gruenberg

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