Music isn't just fun to listen to, it's important for stimulation and brain development for kids! Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, said that listening to music is good, but having kids actively experience music and have "meaningful engagement with sound to stimulate changes in the brain" is even better. If you're looking for a better way to inspire more musical engagement in your lives, check out our top four musical game picks!
Compose Yourself by ThinkFun gives kids the ability to create original music in minutes! Compose Yourself combines a set of music cards with an exclusive website to allow you to create, play and share your own world-class composition. Each of the 60 transparent music cards contain a series of notes, like building blocks for music, that can be arranged to form over a billion musical combinations. Compose Yourself stimulates and connects the right and left brain, building new thinking skills and encouraging creativity, self-expression, and a passion for music. A great game for kids that love music or have yet to discover a love for music!
Spountuneous is the song game where singing is encouraged and talent is not required! One player says a word and the race is on for the other to sing a song containing that word. The object of the game is to stump the other players from being able to sing a portion of ANY song containing your trigger-word. The first player to reach finish wins! C. Simmons, a music teacher and an Amazon reviewer, wrote that this game was used because “I wanted the students to interact musically while having fun and getting to know each other better.” What Simmons saw was “the students who swore they weren’t singers were belting out tunes I had never even heard of” and that Simmons “will definitely reuse this game for years to come.”
Be a Broadway Star
Be a Broadway Star is a game similar to Monopoly but instead of owning properties, players work their way towards becoming a Broadway star! Roll the dice and progress along the board as you collect fan cards and encounter Make or Break challenges. Each Make or Break card is a unique performance challenge that might have you sing or dance on your turn. The goal is to be the first to make it to the Broadway Hall of Fame. This game is a delight for players of all ages, whether they’re Broadway fans or not.
Encore by Endless Games is a game of dueling larynxes. The goal is to come up with a song that contains certain words and then sing lines from the song that contains those words. Here’s how it works: the first team turns up a card featuring five words; the two teams then take turns singing at least six words of any song that contains one of those five. The round continues until one team is stumped, which, if the word is “love,” could take a while. Jackie Kerekes, an Amazon reviewer, wrote “[My] friends, 70+, played this game in OBX NC every fall on vacation and had so much fun. I gave it to my young niece and she and her friends like it also. It’s a great game for all ages, especially played with teams (mixed ages).”