Do you have a musical gift on your child’s list this year?
Music gifts are fun, enriching, and stand the test of time. And books are always a great way to go.
I am listing some great options below. The toys are all non-electronic. I’m not against electronics entirely, but the pinging, zinging, ringing – over and over and over, ad nauseum…sometimes it’s too much. Let the kids make their own music. It might be just as annoying, but at least it will be original!
I have also put together a classical music playlist of highly rhythmic pieces your kids will love to play along with.
And keep reading to find a list of 10 of my favorite music themed picture books!
Here’s to a super musical Christmas, my friends!
Ten Great (Non-Electronic) Music Gifts:
- Spontuneous for great family musical fun!
- Music Bingo helps children learn orchestra instruments
- Melissa and Doug Deluxe Band Set gives you plenty of instruments for everyone to share
- Inspiro Kids Musical Instruments and Percussion Toys a smaller set and less expensive
- Musical Instruments 6-in-1 Set is great if you have room!
- Egg Shakers are super fun for playing along
- Movement Scarves – lots of fun ideas on Pinterest!
- Musical Instrument Puzzle for the little ones to start exploring instruments
- Instruments of the Orchestra Puzzle – for the bigger ones to do the same!
- Great Composers Puzzle – great way to learn about the great composers
Allowing children to play along with great classical music is a fun way to get them engaged. Here is a list of some of my highly rhythmic favorites. (You don’t have to have a paid Spotify account – the free version allows you to listen with ads.)
Ten Great Music Picture Books:
If you’d rather go the book route – here are 10 of my favorite picture books to help your kids enjoy the world of classical music.
- Becoming Bach by Tom Leonard // Beautiful illustrations and minimal text. A gorgeous celebration of the grand papa of classical music. Listening Suggestion: Brandenburg Concerto.
- The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers // Lush illustrations based on the ballet. Short text, perfect for younger children. Listening Suggestion: Overture from “The Nutcracker”.
- John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco // Charming story that incorporates the marches of American favorite John Philip Sousa. Listening suggestion: Stars and Stripes Forever.
- 88 Instruments by Chris Barton // A delightful introduction to the world of musical instruments. Listening suggestion: Introduction to the Instruments of the Orchestra.
- I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel // A witty and musical take on a familiar poem. Listening suggestion: Cello Suite No. 1.
- The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle // Follow a little girl on her journey through the seasons and learn about Vivaldi’s most famous work in the process. Listening suggestion: Spring, from “The Four Seasons.”
- Allegro by David W. Barghigiani // Your kids will enjoy 11 different famous compositions as they journey with an ordinary boy who is trying to avoid practicing the piano. Listening suggestion: Morning Mood.
- Listen to the Birds by Ana Gerhard // Birds are a surprising inspiration for lots of classical music! Listening suggestion: The Lark Ascending.
- The Carnival of the Animals by Jack Prelutsky // A journey through Camille Saint-Saëns enchanting musical work. Listening suggestion: The Royal March of the Lions.
- The Jazz Fly by Matthew Gollub // Little critters learn about the invention of jazz. Listening suggestion: Jazz classics.
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