Sing&Grow for Families

Why make music with your child?

Music is a fantastic way for children and parents to experience fun and enjoyable times together. Dancing, singing, playing percussion instruments, and relaxing to music are great for stimulating your child’s development.  And the benefits are even greater when you share these activities together!

Sing&Grow has given me a reason to get myself and my children out of bed in the morning, the kids love it!
— Sing&Grow parent, Tasmania

Why is music beneficial?

  • Music motivates children
  • Music is fun and non-threatening 
  • Music can provide structure and predictability
  • Music can be used to alter mood
  • Music is great for child development 

Families can be referred to Sing&Grow through an organisation that is supporting them in their community. Families interested in attending Sing&Grow can download the brochure here, and take it to their local community organisation for discussion. 

Music can help child development...

Thinking Skills - staying on task, increasing attention span, problem solving, following instructions, understanding and practicing new concepts. 

Language, Literacy & Numeracy - learning new words and their meanings, counting, following patterns. 

Physical Skills - gross and fine motor skills, body awareness, co-ordination e.g. using both hands together.

Communication Skills - verbal and nonverbal self-expression e.g. singing, making animal sounds, pointing, looking, waving. 

Social Skills - sharing, turn-taking, sitting & waiting.  This can help to prepare children for kindy and school.

Making Instruments at Home

Scroll down to find various instruments you can make and activity ideas to try with your children at home.  Have fun! 

Make and Shake Your Bells!


 What You'll Need:

  • bells (can be purchased from craft shops) 
  • elastic
  • needle and thread  


  1. Thread bells onto elastic.
  2. Curve elastic into a circle to fit around your child's wrist or ankle.
  3. Sew or tie ends of elastic together very securely. 
  4. Your child can wear these on their wrists and ankles as they dance to their favourite Let's Sing&Grow tunes! 

Please ensure adequate supervision during play if small bells have been used to create your bells.


Make Clapsticks! 


What You'll Need: 

  • 2 sticks- perhaps twigs, dowel, or shortened broom sticks.
  • Crayons


  1. Make sure your sticks are the same length and don't have any rough surfaces.
  2. Draw on and colour the sticks.
  3. Clap them together to your favourite song on the Let's Sing&Grow CD! 

Make a Drum! 

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What You'll Need:

  • An empty coffee tin (one with a plastic lid gives you different sounds on each end)
  • Paper to wrap around tin
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • Crayons
  • Chopsticks


  1. Wrap paper around coffee tin and secure it with glue or sticky tape.
  2. Use crayons to decorate the paper with your child.
  3. Under supervision, your child can use chopsticks as drumsticks to beat your 'drum'.

Extension Activity:

  1. Put your child's favourite CD on and play along to the music.
  2. Make a 'drum kit' out of a variety of shaped and sized tins.

Make a Shaker!

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What You’ll Need:

  • An empty water bottle
  • Uncooked rice, pasta, pebbles etc
  • Tape


  1. Half-fill your water bottle with rice, pasta or pebbles.
  2. Screw the lid on tightly, then secure it with tape.
  3. Shake along to your favourite shaking song!

Parachute Play at Home!

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What You’ll Need:

  • A sheet, blanket or table cloth


Get your child and other family members to hold onto the edges of the sheet (or blanket or table cloth) and move it to music:

  • Up and down
  • In and out 
  • Shaking
  • Making a toy ‘jump’ quickly and ‘roll’ slowly 
  • Or pop the child/ren on the sheet and while keeping them on the ground, move the ‘parachute’ round and round

Extension Activity:

  1. Find an old sheet, blanket or table cloth, or purchase one from an op shop. 
  2. Pour some water-based paint into a large flat container, and let the children decorate your ‘parachute’ with painty footprints and handprints!

Make Your Own Tambourine!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Paper plates
  • Uncooked pasta 
  • Stapler 
  • Crayons, stickers, feathers etc to decorate


  1. Place a handful of pasta in the centre of one paper plate. 
  2. Put the other paper plate on top of the first and staple around the outside, making sure no pasta is able to be shaken out.
  3. Decorate your tambourine with your child.
  4. Shake along to your child’s favourite songs on the Let's Sing&Grow CD!

Sing&Grow Together Songs

Sing&Grow Songs to Enjoy Together

Here are some fun songs from our old CD "Sing & Grow Together" (no longer available for purchase) for you to enjoy with your children. Happy Music Making!

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Where's Your Nose? is a fun, interactive body part & action song.  Sit facing your child/ren and sing along, encouraging your child to touch their nose/ ears/ eyes along with the song. Try singing "Touch my nose" and have some fun with noises like "Honk Honk". Clap hands, stamp feet and pat knees along to the song.  Enjoy!

Are You Ready for Music? is fun action song. Face your child/ren swaying side to side with the music. Follow the actions suggested on the track and then make up your own. Don't forget to get up and dance if the music takes you!

Bee Hive Song is a great song to encourage fine motor skills. Facing your child/ren start with one hand closed to make a fist. Fingers come out one by one as the 'bees' appear. Don't forget to end the song with some tickles together during the 'buzz buzz buzz' section.  

I am a Fine Musician is a traditional song that encourages making some noise. Grab some pots and pans or toy instruments and play along to the song together. Have some fun trying soft and loud, fast and slow. Dance around the room pretending to be in a marching band!