The music of children |

The music of children

Scott Liebler
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You’ve heard the expression that “Laughter is the best medicine!”

It’s a natural antidepressant and mood elevator. Have you ever tried to laugh and be depressed at the same time?

It’s a great way to increase creativity and facilitate communication. Have you ever noticed how one joke or one funny story can lead to another?

It’s a great way to bond and make friends. Have you ever tried to laugh and fight with

someone at the same time?

It’s a natural muscle relaxer and massage for your internal organs. Have you ever noticed how relaxed you feel after a good laugh?

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It’s a great way to promote deep breathing and oxygenate the whole body. Have you ever noticed how much deeper you breathe after a good laugh?

Children know the magic of laughter. That’s why they laugh an average of 300 times a day, as opposed to adults who may average up to 15.

Here’s an exercise that will give you and your children laughing and improve their speaking abilities. We call it Chuckle Jamming!

Simply put two hands on your stomach and breathe in as deeply as possible, then as you exhale allow your voice to produce a one-syllable laugh sound like “Ha.” Repeat this several times.

Then repeat the same activity with two “ha” sounds – ha, ha then three – ha ha ha then four – ha ha ha ha – and keep trying to produce as many “ha” sounds in a single breath as you possible can. Try it with ‘hee” sounds and “ho” sounds and any other sounds you can think of. How many different laughter sounds can you and your children create? How long can you laugh in one breath?

Can you laugh out the rhythm of a song like Jingle Bells or Beethoven’s Fifth?

Scott Liebler is the founder of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood

development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Summit Head Start, Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail

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