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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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What’s an Online Resource?

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Have you been looking at my online Early Years Music Ideas resource and wondered?

  • Could I use it?
  • Do I need to be technical as it is online?
  • Are there benefits to it being online?
  • Is it value for money?
  • Will it save me time?

Let me answer those questions 

Could I use it?

Yes, there are music activities ideas for children from 0 to 5 years. The activity ideas are all delivered through video.  There are also MP3 recordings of songs and rhymes to help you learn, and printouts...

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Bring out the Show Person!

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Who has/hasn’t been to see the Greatest Showman?  I’d love to hear your opinion of the film/soundtrack in the comments section below.

I went to see it in January as a birthday treat.  The soundtrack, in my opinion, is fantastic!  I get quite emotional listening to music so you can imagine how hard I found it to hold back the tears whilst watching and listening to the film. I was listening to the song ‘This is Me’, from the soundtrack, and it was...

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7 Songs/Rhymes That Get Children Moving!

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Music and movement go together like cheese and crackers, a chair and table, rain and an umbrella.. you get the idea; they complement each other.  So, I have listed 7 songs and rhymes that I know will get children moving!

1. Grand Old Duke of York.  Who can sing this nursery rhymes without moving?  The words tell the children what to do.  It is great for emphasising the pulse (the beat in music).  If you're not sure about what is meant by the pulse/beat...

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Counting: 1,2,3,4,5

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I wrote a blog previously talking about counting backwards and someone asked if I could suggest songs for counting forwards.  So, I have listened and here it is. To read the counting backwards blog please click here: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/4344-counting-5-4-3-2-1 

Here are some songs and rhymes that have counting forwards within them:

  • 5 fat peas in a peapod

  • When I was 1 pirate song

  •  1 potato, 2 potato... (this is a good one to...

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Ready, Steady, Play!

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Is there an aspect of play in your Music Time?

What do I mean by this?  Activities that give the children a chance to explore sound and express themselves at their level.  I think music can sometimes follow the same path as art and design in the early years; it becomes too focused on the end product rather than letting the children explore and experiment.  That’s not to say we don’t teach the children to sings songs but we need to ensure we are giving them equal...

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Counting: 5,4,3,2,1

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Music is a great way to help children develop mathematical concepts. I even did research for my teaching degree dissertation on this:‘An investigation into how music can help children’s learning in maths, especially in the concept area of pattern’

How can music help with counting backwards?

Songs and rhymes are brilliant at facilitating counting backwards and there are many to choose from. Below I have listed those that I use:

  • 5 little ducks
  • 5 little men
  • 10 in the bed
  • 10 sausages
  • 5 little...

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Baa Baa…Sheep...

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I follow lots of early years groups and one of the questions that comeup frequently is, what are the alternate words to…. said nursery rhymes?

One that seemsto get lots of responses is baa, baa black sheep. I have included below some of the ideas that I have come across. I don’t know who the original creators are so I’m unable to give them credit but I hope that you manage to find something that will inspire you to try something new in your early years setting!

If you need help with the tune,...

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5 Musical Tips to Start 2018 On Track

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Do you currently feel that musical activities in your early years setting are non-existent or lack creativity?

What are your current musical activities? 

  • Singing a few songs;
  • Learn songs for an end of term concert
  • Putting a CD on and letting the children listen… 

If you feel this is what you are currently doing, don’t beat yourself up! You can make some simple changes and give the children a wonderful and fully rounded experience in your setting.

 

1. Have a...

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