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Young children seem to have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument. We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and twirling around the kitchen to an upbeat tune on the radio.
Music can be a powerful mood enhancer making us feel happy, calm or even sad. It has the ability to transport us directly to a time or place that we connect with a particular song. From such a young age kids seem to get this and appreciate the beauty and transformative qualities that music has to offer. Furthermore, music plays a key role in supporting young children’s early development; through encouraging talking and movement as well as developing emotional and memory skills. Studies have also shown that music can develop fine motor skills, help with language skills and even improve overall IQ.
So, it feels like we should encourage children to explore and experiment with musical instruments, songs and rhymes and embrace music as much as we can within our homes.
At Hopster we believe that music is not just fun but it’s a great way to encourage kids to express themselves freely and learn to be confident and creative. That’s why we developed Bubble Beat, a music game that helps kids learn to play simple tunes, play back a series of notes and develop their “inner hearing”. The new game joins Hopster’s suite of fun learning games, all housed in a colourful games blimp. For musical inspiration, kids can listen to over 100 songs and nursery rhymes in the app including Hopster’s original music playlist, Hopster Jam.
I’m Hopster’s Head of Learning. I have over 15 years’ experience in teaching, across the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 and as an Assistant Head Teacher. I specialise in literacy with a focus on developing teaching and learning within the Early Years and Key Stage 1. For me, working alongside Hopster is a perfect opportunity to be involved in developing specialist technology that delivers education in a fun and entertaining way.