Music is a vital tool in early childhood development, building the brain cells needed for children to develop mental and emotional intelligence from a young age. As parents, we have used music from an early age by singing and developing a rhythm to soothe and entertain newborns. However, research has now proven that music does much more than just calm and bring children joy, it is essential to childhood growth and aids brain development through the use of rhythm, language, memory and physical movement.
Our SeaStar Rock show uses music to encourage childhood development on many different levels including:
Whether they are dancing with Pirate Wally or bopping with the Big Blue Bopping Whale, the show encourages children to get involved and dance along with the characters. It aims to be interactive with the kids in a creative and fun way to improve their motor skills and gross movements. Rhythm and movement are important to develop in the early childhood years, especially before the age of five, in order for children to be able to perform simple motor movements and learn to interact and develop their body language.
Children need to engage their creativity through activities that encourage original thinking and imagination in a free and friendly structure. In today’s age children are playing less, with a significant decrease in the creativity of children in kindergarten to middle school due to increased use of technology. However, creativity is not developed through technology, but rather through first-hand engagement. Children need to engage all their senses to move and interact, use problem solving and play with materials hands-on to build a foundation of skills that form a basis for the future. SeaStar Rock encourages creativity through musical stimuli and melody, encouraging children to get creative and hands-on with their imagination and play along with the characters. We also encourage critical thinking and problem-solving with activities such as helping Surfing Snapping Starfish save the seas from plastic bag monsters to inspire children to think more in-depth about world we live in.
Literacy and language skills
Children that are exposed to music in early childhood have an enhanced vocabulary, with better developed spoken and language skills as they enter primary school. SeaStar Rock enhances children’s knowledge and vocabulary about marine life and sustainability as children are encouraged to sing-along and learn about creatures of the ocean including penguins, seahorses and starfish. Our shows encourage children to clap, develop rhythm, sing and stamp their feet to a steady beat that develops processing and comprehension skills which are the foundation of reading and academic learning in the future.
Social and emotional
Social and emotional skills are critical for child development before entering primary school, in order for children to be able to interact and relate to others. SeaStar Rock provides an informal way for children to participate in a group setting and learn to interact with their peers. Children need to learn to interact and relate to others of their own age in a welcoming and friendly structure in order to develop the social and emotional skills needed for positive and rewarding friendships in the future.