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It Is Okay to Make Mistakes!

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We are only human after all! 

I have made mistakes in front of the children before and I’m sure I will continue to do so.  Whether it be getting the words and tune wrong, strumming the wrong chord on my guitar… I will correct myself or let the children know that I didn’t quite get it right.  Mostly they just accept it and we carry on but sometimes they find it funny or sometimes even look at me with wonder!  All is fine.  I’m sure you...

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50 Song and Rhymes

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What song and rhymes will you sing/say with the children in your early years setting in the next year?

Here are 50 songs and rhymes, in alphabetical order, that I have sung or will be singing in the next year: 

  1. A hedgehog is very prickly
  2. Aeroplanes, aeroplanes
  3. An elephant
  4. Baa, baa black sheep
  5. Bobby Shaftoe
  6. Big Bear
  7. Christmas pudding
  8. Cobbler, cobbler
  9. Coffee, coffee
  10. Cows in the kitchen
  11. Cuckoo
  12. Dr Foster
  13. Dingly dangly scarecrow
  14. Down in the jungle
  15. Five little ducks
  16. Five little men
  17. Five...

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Musical Scarves

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Scarves are one of the essentials in my prop box as they are so versatile. The can be used with babies through to Reception age and beyond.  So how can you use this fantastic resource in your musical activities?  Here are some of the ways I use scarves in my music times.

Songs and Rhymes

I do most of my songs without props but occasionally it is worth adding a prop to either give it a new approach or to engage some of the children who may be reluctant to join in. Here are two ways I...

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5 Ways to Use Puppets during a Music Time

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Do you currently use puppets during your Music Time? If not it's time to get them out of the cupboard; they are a great resource! Here are 5 ideas:

Some of the ideas that I mention require each child to have a puppet; if you don’t have enough for one each then they can share (I talk more about this below), you could use other soft toys or, as an additional activity, you could get the children to create paper puppets. There are also affiliate links included for your convenience.

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Bounce, Move, and Tickle!

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Music time with babies can be just as much fun as with the older children in the early years. Variety is key. With songs and rhymes, I always try to incorporate some that involve watching, bouncing, movement, tickle, and quiet! Depending on the age of the babies, in your care, will alter how you approach each idea. If they don’t have neck control you can still explore the bouncing and movement but support the baby, and their neck, on your shoulder. Here are 5 different type of song/rhyme...

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Eyes on Me 1,2,3!

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Do you like to use songs and rhymes in your routines?

Would you like some songs to get the children's attention? I have gatheredtogether some songs that I have heard, found and created to share with you. Here are 6:

Carpet Song

(tune Frere Jacques)

Are you crisscross? Are you crisscross? Eyes on me? Eyes on me? Hands in your lap Hands in you lap. Quietly Quietly

Everybody do this

Everybody do this, Do this, do this Everybody do this Just like me!

Eyes on me!

Eyes on me 1, 2, 3 (change the...

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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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Everyone Needs a Chance to Shine!

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Music affects so much of my life, even listening to some music brings me to tears; I don’t know why, it just does!  Music is a massive part of my life.  I don’t profess to be a professional musician but I love listening to music, playing the piano, composing, teaching and helping others to gain confidence in leading early years music.

This blog has taken a lot of courage to write and share with you but I’m going to be brave and tell you my story. Why? Because...

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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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