Child Development

Music in early childhood (particularly singing games and rhymes) can enhance child development in so many ways

Intellectual Development

  • Singing develops an understanding of Musical Concepts e.g. beat, rhythm, faster/slower, quieter/louder, higher/lower etc.
  • Singing will help to develop speech: Songs and rhymes have very clear articulation and are easier for the child to imitate.
  • Singing encourages communication – children will join in the constant repetition of songs and rhymes.
  • Singing will increase the child’s understanding of language: a knowledge of traditional rhymes and songs is likely to make the child more phonemically aware.
  • Singing and rhymes can introduce the child to colours, numbers, patterns and shapes.

Social Development

  • Singing Games encourages friendship and social interaction.
  • Singing Games aid discipline e.g. being a leader, being a follower, turn taking.
  • Singing Games help develop cooperation: being a team member and sharing.


  • Singing Games help develop imagination.
  • Singing Games encourage moving to music
  • Singing often will encourage the child to sing spontaneously and invent their own songs.

Emotional Development

  • Singing and playing together develops a sense of security – intellectual skills are linked to emotional growth.
  • The games help develop independence.
  • Singing is an emotional release for adults and children alike.

Physical development

  • Singing Games help develop the child’s motor skills i.e. ability to walk, hop, jump, skip etc.
  • Singing Games develop spacial awareness.
  • Singing Games help to develop coordination skills e.e. clapping games and complex movement.
  • Simple Finger Rhymes develop fine motor skills.  (Research from Roehampton University as part of Early Years Sounds of Intent see poster for more details)