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Galloping Around

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Travel and Transport is a fun topic/theme that the children really enjoy. I usually start this topic with the focus of travelling on the land, e.g getting around by walking or by horse. Horse related songs, rhymes and music are great as a stimulus to get children moving as they sometimes struggle to think how to move; having a focus really helps them. e.g. trotting or galloping like a horse.

I sometimes use the hobby horses as shown in the image below. I use these with the children inside and...

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We’re Going on a Journey to the Seaside!

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We’re going on a journey to the seaside!

Along with the theme Animals, I have found ‘Travel and Transport’ is a firm favourite with the children.  ‘We’re going on a journey to the seaside!’ is a line from a song I wrote to get the children to play with sound; I ask them to make the different transport sounds, with the car sound usually being the favourite!

Do you have a collection of travel and transport themed songs and rhymes up your sleeve?...

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Talk like a Pirate!

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Do you follow calendar events in your early years setting? Did you know that on the 19th September it is ‘Talk like a pirate day’?  Well, I didn’t until a couple of years ago.  It hasn’t been around that long but I think some of the new events are quite fun as a starting point.  Whether, in your setting, you plan most of the activities or it is child led, themed days can be a great stimulus.

For example with ‘Talk like a pirate day’, there...

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3 Favourite Minibeast Songs

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Minibeasts is always a favourite theme/topic. I’m going to share with you 3 songs that I know the children really enjoy.

Tiny caterpillar on a leaf

This is to the tune of 'She'll be coming around the mountain'. I usually use puppets when we do this song.But you can also just get the children to wiggle their finger for the caterpillar and flap their arms for the butterfly.

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle)

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle)

There’s a...

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Let’s Do the Animal Stomp!

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Let’s do the animal stomp!

The title, ’Let’s do the Animal Stomp’, is from a song that I wrote to help children understand tempo (speed).  I usually use this song when we are doing the topic/theme of animals. Although if I was working in the same early years setting, most days, it is one of a collection of animal songs/rhymes that I could call on when the need arose e.g. after a story, the children's interests, on a walk...

So, do you have a collection...

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Rain, rain go away!

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Rain, rain go away!

Do you have a collection of weather themed musical activities up your sleeve?

I always think it is worth having a collection of song or rhyme activities that you can call on.  In this blog, I’m thinking about the weather, well rain!

There have been many times when I’ve been out on the playground at playtime and it has started raining.  I always tried to stay out as long as possible by gathering the children under a shelter, in the hope that the rain...

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My 5 Favourite Early Years Themes. 

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Is your favourite theme in my top 5?

I link my music activities each half term to popular topic/themes; it works really well for my music times.   Many early years settings link their daily activities to themes, topics and events.  If you do this do you also link your music time activities to this too? Whether you do or not at the moment it is really worth considering. I have around 12 topics that I use but I’m going to share with you my 5 favourites.

Animals

I think the...

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