How music and dance can help your child’s development

Years of washing his face in orange juice have paid off for children’s entertainer Peter Combe.

The 71-year-old singer-songwriter is being recognised for his service to the performing arts with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on 26th of January.

“I think children’s music, or children’s songs are as important as children’s literature,” Combe said.

“One of my great passions in life is to raise the status of children’s music to the status of children’s literature.”

Combe started performing in the 1970s and came to prominence in the 1980s with hits such as Wash Your Face In Orange Juice (aka Mr Clicketty Cane), Newspaper Mama, Spaghetti Bolognaise, and Juicy Juicy Green Grass. He believes music is crucial for childhood development (ABC News)

We all know that music and dancing are fun activities. Children love to move around and make noise, but did you know it’s also an important part of their development? Dancing, singing and playing music are part of a child’s process of growing up and learning what their bodies can do. It also teaches children how to interact with other people, objects and the world around them.

You can read the details about the importance of music for Kids from YMCA Children’s Programs website. Please click here.