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Multicultural Musical Activities for Preschoolers

by Susan Revermann, studioD

Introduce your preschooler to some multicultural musical activities to foster her musical side. Showing your little one that not all music sounds the same might just work to your advantage. She may take a liking to something besides the latest musical hit that she’s been repeatedly playing for the last three weeks.

Dance Party

Get those wiggles out with a preschool dance party. Pick some kid-friendly multicultural music, such as Putumayo Hawaiian Playground and Jazz Playground Putumayo by Putumayo Kids. Turn up the tunes and let her shake her booty. After about five minutes, turn that dance party into a freeze dance. Let the music play for about a minute and then turn the music off for about 10 seconds in which time she has to hold a funny shape with her body. Turn the music back on for another minute and repeat the freeze dance sequence a few times.

Make Instruments

Save your hard-earned bucks and make your own instruments from things you find around the house. Empty coffee cans with plastic lids make an easy drum. Decorate the can with puffy paint or stickers and allow it to dry. These may not end up being exact replicas of Native American or African drums, but the idea is there. String some jingle bells on a pipe cleaner and tie the ends together to make a bracelet or anklet. Let her shake or stomp around to make her own music. Many cultures use bells, often accompanied by dancing and chanting. Roll a two-feet section of aluminum foil into a loose snake shape. Curl it into a corkscrew shape and shove it into a paper towel roll. Place masking tape over one end to seal it up. Pour a handful of rice in the tube and seal the other end with tape. Decorate the outside any way she wants. She now has an African rainstick that she can shake to make noise. Choose any of these instruments to make a musical parade and let her march around playing her heart out.


Even if you don’t sing like a pro, your voice will be magical to your preschooler. The two of you can sing multicultural songs like “It’s a Small World,” “The World is a Circle” by Rita Gold, “Everybody Has a Story” by Lorraine Bayes or “We're Just Like Crayons” by Stephen Fite for starters. Throw some dance moves in and you’re both rock stars.

Naptime Tune

Send her off to dreamland with some multicultural naptime tunes. Play music, such as Celtic Dreamland Sleeptime, Acoustic Dreamland and Multicultural Lullabies around the World CD by Putumayo Kids. Set it at a low volume near your child as she drifts off from the day’s adventures.

About the Author

Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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