A Fun Song For When It’s Seriously Too Hot!

” “Uh-huh!” from Super Simple Songs 2 available on iTunes I love action songs with lots of fun movements for preschoolers to enjoy. They always have a great time jumping, kicking, marching and just dancing around – with one exception: when they’ve just come in from outside and it’s seriously too hot!  Then I face […]

A Very “Handy” Action Song!

“Hold Your Hands Out” This is the time of year when some days the children are too hot from playing outside to do much moving around, but other days are rainy and stormy and the children are restless and filled with fidgetiness. Then it’s time for a fun action song!  I created this one recently […]

A Very Wiggly Action Song for Spring!

“Wiggly Wiggly Wormies” I just invented this activity recently after a  class of four-year-olds got very excited talking about a worm they saw outside! I think that almost all young children are fascinated by worms and their wiggliness, whether they think worms are cute or yukky! The group should be standing in a circle holding […]

“Flap Your Wings” movement song

“Flap Your Wings” You don’t have to be a chicken to sing and play along with this silly movement song! If you have  arms and an imagination, you’re good to go! Have children stand in a circle. Tell them that in this song, we’re going to flap our “wings” and then clap. This is how […]

American Sign Language and Early Childhood Music

“Simple Signing with Young Children” by Carol Garboden Murray I discovered this wonderful resource several years ago. Actually, I’ve always been interested in signing, and I’ve attended numerous workshops at early childhood conferences on using American Sign Language, or ASL, with young children. But this book is the most accessible and easy-to-use resource I’ve found. […]

“I’m a Little Raindrop”

Here’s a cute activity for a rainy day, or for a unit about rain, from my book “The Musical Toddler.” I’m a Little Raindrop (tune: I’m a Little Teapot)             Young children  are curious about rain, and they enjoy the opportunity to pretend to be a raindrop!                         I’m a […]

“Everyone Likes to Jump”

“Everyone Likes to Jump” Here’s an easy and improvisational music-and- movement activity for rainy days, or any day! Children should be standing in a circle. Jump to the beat while singing to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”:        Everyone likes to jump, jump, jump, Everyone likes to jump, jump, […]

“The Five Days Old Song”

“The Five Days Old Song” by Laurie Berkner available on iTunes Okay, so Laurie Berkner is awesome and if you haven’t heard her songs yet, stop reading this immediately and take a listen – it’ll brighten your day and give you a gazillion ideas for fun things to do in your classroom. I’ve used several […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “Jump!”

“Jump!” by Patty Shukla available on iTunes FREE video available on  http://freesongsforkids.com/users/patty-shukla We all know about kids and jumping – I’ve often said that we need to be careful when we turn on the “jump” button, because it’s so hard to turn it off! I sometimes wonder – if we never stopped them, how long […]