Watching an adult pucker up and whistle can fascinate a child. Making musical sounds with the lips may seem simple, but the process involves specific positioning of the lips and tongue before blowing gently to create the melodious sounds. With patience, you can help your child learn how to whistle. Once he gains the basics of the skill, he may advance and learn how to whistle tunes.
Show your child how to make a pucker position with her lips. The position of the lips to say the “ooooo” sound is the same position for whistling, states whistling expert Linda Parker Hamilton.
Help your child with the position of his tongue for making a whistling sound. Show him how to curve his tongue comfortably in his mouth so the tip curves down slightly, behind but not touching his top front teeth. He might rest the bottom of his tongue on his bottom front teeth for proper tongue positioning.
Demonstrate the gentle blowing technique after placing the lips and tongue in the correct position. The tongue helps move the air through the mouth and out the lips to create the whistling sound. Your youngster may need to practice to get a whistling sound.
Suggest moving the tongue slightly to vary the pitch of the whistle, once your child masters a standard whistling sound. Repositioning the tongue forward in the mouth will create a higher whistle and shifting the tongue backward in the mouth will create lower whistle sounds.
People use whistling for a variety of purposes, including alleviating anxiety, showing happiness and dealing with boredom, states Stephen Juan, author of “Can Kissing Make You Live Longer?”
Teach your child appropriate times for whistling to avoid bothering others. Your youngster should not whistle when he could disturb others, such as in a classroom or an elevator.
Whistling with two fingers might fascinate your child. Show her how to place the tips of her two index fingers together to create a “V” and place the fingers in her mouth under her tongue. After curling her tongue backward, show her how to close her lips snugly around her fingers, leaving a small opening. She can then make a whistle sound by blowing air gently or forcefully through her lips.