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 are lots of ways you could incorporate this theme in a …
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 music is slowly being pushed out of…
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)
Do you ever do music outside?
I have taught many music time sessions outside. Here are 5 different activities that have a musical element that you may like to try.
Bubbles are great to use outside as the wind will blow them and the children really enjoy watching them. I wrote a song last year to use with bubbles. Here it is if you haven’t heard it:
Bubbles to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle.
Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere Can you catch them in the air? See them floating round and r…
‘Show and Tell’ has and will probably always be a favourite in the early years; whether it be a specific session or children are encouraged throughout the day to talk about the object/item brought in from home.
How can 'Show and Tell' be applied to music?
You could encourage the children to bring musical items: instruments; books with songs; CDs with music that they like listening to…
The adults in the early years setting could do the same.
Why not encourage any of the a…
One of the children's favourite parts of a music time is getting the percussion instruments out. I’m going to share with you 5 percussion instruments that I know the children love getting their hands on. For your convenience, there are Amazon affiliate links for the instruments I mention below.
Maracas or Shakers
These are a must for your instrument collection as they are easy for children to play. Due to the accessibility they are great for children to play whilst singing any well-known son…
Movement songs are great. Songs that have movement may help the children learn the words, develop a sense of pulse/beat and other musical elements. There are many movement songs but I have chosen 3 which both the children and I enjoy.
1 Grand Old Duke of York
The children love marching to this song and it is particularly good for emphasising the pulse with the strong marching within it. Also once the children know it well, I encourage them to explore pitch with their body: when we say up (w…
Using puppets and soft toys during a music time.
Have you wondered how you can make your music time more fun and engaging? Do you have puppets and soft toys sitting in your cupboard? Well, puppets and soft toys can work wonders. I have got some of the most reluctant children to join in by using puppets and soft toys!
How are you going to use them?
Songs and Rhymes
Using a single puppet:
Some song and rhymes only need one puppet. The aim of the single puppet is to engage the …
Rock, Pop, Baroque.. What's Your Jam?
On a bank holiday weekend, my family and I went to the cinema to watch ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’. If you haven’t watched it yet don’t worry I’m not going to give away the storyline, what I’m going to talk about is the soundtrack. The soundtrack is made up of 70s/80s music. Now I grew up listening to this music and it brought back many memories. My son, who at the time was nearly 15, after watching the film had really got into ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood …
Sensory, Stimulating and Soothing Baby Music
Baby music doesn’t need to be at a specific time but ideally, there needs to be some music in every baby’s day. It might be singing a lullaby to sooth them before sleep; tickling their hands or feet to stimulate them during a nursery rhyme; or listening to music whilst watching bubbles float in front of them. Music can be used at various times during a day to stimulate and soothe, and to develop the senses.
I have learnt and developed many differ…
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