A Tune for Tuesday: “Bodies 1-2-3”

  “Bodies 1-2-3” by Peter and Ellen Allard from the CD “Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It!” Vol. 2 available on iTunes Sometimes you want a very simple, very easy movement song that children can follow easily and doesn’t require a lot of explanation. And one that children will have fun with! That’s […]

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 […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “One, Two, Three, Whee!”

“One, Two, Three, Whee!” by Eric Litwin from the CD “Smile at Your Neighbor With Mr. Eric” available on iTunes It seems like everyone now knows the amazing story and song of “Pete the Cat,” and it certainly deserves its popularity. But Eric Litwin, “Pete the Cat”‘s creator, has written lots of terrific songs for young […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “All Around the Kitchen”

“All Around the Kitchen” Dan Zanes  from “Live! All Around the Kitchen” CD available on iTunes Why do you see a picture of a rooster with a song called “All Around the Kitchen,” you ask? Simple –  because the words “cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo” appear in pretty much every line of the song. Dan Zanes is a unique […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Sarasponda

“Sarasponda” on “Too-da-la” CD by Kindermusik available on iTunes This old favorite is a very easy movement song which I’ve used successfully with toddlers through kinder- garteners. There are three verses with different movements on the words “ret-set-set” – clapping, patting thighs, and stamping feet. It includes a “surprise ending” which is not difficult for even the […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Put Your Hands Up In The Air

“Put Your Hands Up In The Air” by Hap Palmer available on iTunes   So many children’s recordings, especially those meant for movement, are overly complicated, or just plain go too fast for young children. Instead of a fun experience, the children just feel confused or frustrated. That’s why “Put Your Hands in the Air” is one of my favorites, particularly […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Baila Baila

“Baila Baila” by Isa available on iTunes I love the Venezuelan singer Isa. Her style is fresh and fun. This is, of course, a song for dancing – “baila” means dance in Spanish. Most of the words are too difficult for children to sing along with, but every verse has a slow part that features parts of the body, such as “rodillas” […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Gogo

Gogo from “Too-da-la” CD by Kindermusik Available from Kindermusik.com/ en/albums/219-too-da-la When your class needs a little silliness to work off some steam, “Gogo” is perfect. This is an African movement/dance song. The motions are fun and there’s even a part where children can make a funny face! I usually make extra-silly faces myself to amuse and […]