Twinkle, Twinkle and the 7 Areas of Learning

Twinkle twinkle and the 7 areas of learning

Twinkle, Twinkle is a song that is known by most people and I am sure it is one of the first songs that many parents sing to their newborn child.

So, with this in mind, how can we use a song like Twinkle Twinkle to help children develop in the 7 areas of learning?

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We can use Twinkle, Twinkle as a starting point for a mu…

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End of School Year Musical Fun!

End of School Year Musical Fun!

Are you looking for early years activity ideas to celebrate the end of the year?

Below I have listed past blogs that I have written that can help you with ideas with a musical element:

Music for the end of year concert

If you are looking for music for your end of year concert or graduation take a look at this blog for 11 music suggestions: 


The children are always excited when I get the bubbles out dur…

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Tweet Tweet

Tweet tweet

I am lucky to be able to listen to the birds singing to each other from my office in the garden. There is one bird, we think it is a blackbird, who sings a very non-bird like tune.  It sounds like the start of a song but you never hear it complete; just the same unfinished musical phrase every time.

Why am I telling you about this?

When children first learn to sing they don’t always complete a  phrase or sing a complete line, just like the bird.  We need to acknowledge that this okay and is n…

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11 Suggestions of Music for End of Year Celebration

11 Suggestions of Music for End of Year Celebration

Do you do a leavers event where you share memories of the children's time in your early years setting?  If so, are you struggling to think of pieces of music that you could use to accompany it?  Well, I have listed below 11 happy and/or celebratory pieces of music that you may like to use.  There are affiliate links for your convenience.

1. Greatest Day by Take That

2. A Million Dreams from Greatest Showman

3. Don't Stop Me Now! by Queen

4. Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

5. Walk…

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Galloping Around

Galloping Around! (1)

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 an…

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We’re Going on a Journey to the Seaside!

We’re Going on a Journey to the Seaside!

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? Whether you follow a topic/theme or the children’s…

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Bring out the Show Person!

Bring out the Show Person!

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 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 this that prompted me to write this blog about how I help ch…

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7 Songs/Rhymes That Get Children Moving!

7 Songs%2FRhymes That Get Children Moving!

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 please watch my video below:

2. Animal …

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Counting: 1,2,3,4,5

Counting_ 1,2,3,4,5

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: 

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 change the object depending on the topi…

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Ready, Steady, Play!

Ready, Steady, Play!

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 sing songs but we need to ensure we are giving them equal opportunities.  So, how can you a…

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