TIPS & IDEAS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND GROUP LEADERS
Music with Babies, Toddlers and 4 to 7 Year Olds
As children continue to develop their sense of humour and language skills you can take music to another level again! It’s fun to ask children to contribute to the words of a song and fill in the blanks for example. This encourages their creativity. Social skills are more developed too and so they enjoy group songs and musical activities. Make the most of children visitors to your home to involve everyone in some group music – it’s a lot of fun. They and you can have enjoyment singing with some musical instruments, even impromptu ones made from things found in the house, to form a band. They still love to have you join in the music activities too!
Children in this age group see different humour to toddlers when they experience animated videos, songs and song books such as “Black and White Cow” and really enjoy picture books with matching songs as they read along! This song and story are valuable for developing and using memory skills because of the fun cumulative nature of the words – itchy, munchy, dirty etc. Children develop the skill of memorizing the order of the words. The singalong version of the 3D animated video has the lyrics on-screen and is great for children who can read, are learning to read or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cow in this video has lots of personality and has lots of little challenges in her life – and despite them all she is still a happy and contented cow! There is a subtle message in there!
4 to 7 year olds love to do the actions that go with this one! The children characters do the actions in the song and so it’s easy to copy them – it’s also such a catchy, memorable song! The animal characters teach children how to say “hello” in different languages so it’s a great educational opportunity for them to learn in an engaging and interactive way. There are versions for Australian/New Zealand children (using “Kia Ora”) an international version which uses “Hola” instead of the Maori word “Kia Ora”. Finger puppets to match the animal characters are now also available and using these very much encourages children’s imagination, creative play, language skills, and social interaction.
“Your Clothes” 3D Animated Videos and Song
Fast and funny song about the possibilities of where clothes could be worn! Featuring a cute monkey band this song is great for “play acting” and expanding on the concept of where clothes could go! It appeals to children’s sense of humour. Fun one to do for children’s concerts and performances…. just remember to ask us please (we rarely so “no” but like to comply with copyright regs!)
This rock song, released in March 2018 as a 3D animated video, is one of the most imagination-creative of our songs. Beep Jeep gets feet instead of wheels, beach balls for mirrors, an umbrella for a roof, and a donut for a steering wheel. We love for children to hear this as an audio and build a picture in their mind of what this jeep might look like. It’s great to have them draw a picture of what they think Beep Jeep looks like at the end, before they see the video! Such a fun song-story! And so good for developing that artistic creative side in children.
Entertaining to watch and lots of detail for visual tracking, it’s Caribbean style music – yet another in our varied music genres designed to educate children in diversity of music styles!
This is a fabulous activity dance for 4 to 7 year olds! It moves really quickly and children need to concentrate to follow the directions – great for building concentration, cognition, language, processing, co-ordination, etc. and is just all-round fun to do! Also a fabulous “performance or concert” piece for productions – we will usually give permission to use, but do please ask!
Not your usual song… this one has lots of extra verses and tells the tale of Incy who wears a yellow cap and sunglasses. Incy is very cheeky with his comments throughout the song and has a great sense of humour which 4 to 7 year olds really appreciate!
“The Grand Old Duke of York” – Learning to count in THOUSANDS and learning about musical instruments!
Wonderful marching music in this classic arrangement. This song teaches children counting down in thousands from 10,000 until the Duke of York marches to the top of the hill on his own! It’s also a fantastic educational experience featuring solo musical instruments, with a brief description of each as well. Children can march, imitate the playing of the instruments, and learn at the same time. Encourage their imagination and creativity with this one!
An imaginative song with an unusual and captivating musical arrangement to keep diversity of musical genres happening with our productions! This is a great song-story for children to build pictures in their imagination of what is happening….wonderful for the auditory senses both musically and also for creating this picture in their mind of what’s happening as the frog goes in search of other animals. Ask the children to listen carefully for the ending and see if they can imitate what the wide-mouth frog might look like! A little secret….. we’ve heard from lots of adults about how much they love this song too!
Both of these songs are sophisticated and interesting musical arrangements – we certainly like to create great listening experiences for children! For little ones they are easy to sing along and copy, and the storyline has a twist at the end which really appeals to the older children! These songs encourage imagination, interactive and engaging involvement, auditory awareness and can easily have actions done with them. Try a “do-si-do” dance, or knee slapping hoe-down actions with the children during parts of “Old MacDonald” – great for co-ordination! Row Row Row Your Boat has our signature extra verses featuring the Rainbows and Sunshine animals who appear in other products.
Children’s favourites that are easily recognised. Our unique arrangements make for quality and interesting listening and involvement for this age group and Twinkle has new verses involving the sun, the moon, a satellite and a rocket ship. Encourage children to add their own verses onto both of these songs and develop their creativity through movement to the lyrics. Also, really good listening experiences and we’ve had a lot of feedback about Twinkle as a popular and beautiful lullaby for sleep-time!
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