Make Playdough Come Alive with Music

 

 

 

 

Dough is a great medium for children because:

  • Dough is easy to manipulate.
  • Dough is great for inspiring imagination.
  • Dough helps to build creative thinking.
  • Dough enhances sensory experiences.
  • Dough helps to develop hand eye coordination.
  • Dough helps to build mathematical concepts such as weight and size.
  • Dough helps to build language skills.
  • Dough helps to build social skills.

Fun songs to share with children that will stimulate dough play:

How to make Dough:

Recipe:

  • 6 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of salt
  • Any colour of food colouring in a jug of water
  • Mix ingredients with water until right consistency
  • Store in an airtight container.

Learning Activities with Dough:patacake

  • Naming ingredients.
  • The feel of the ingredients.
  • Choosing a colour.
  • Measuring water, flour and salt.
  • Talk about the changes that occur when water and flour are mixed.
  • Using judgement on whether it needs more water or more flour and checking the consistency of the dough.
  • Make letters of the alphabet while singing along to our Alphabet Songs
  • Make numbers – be inspired by our number songs

Scratch Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch art is a great activity for any age. It’s easy and so much fun. Watch your artwork come alive… it’s magical!
Follow our simple steps below.

You will need:
  • A4 paper
  • Crayons
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scratching stick or finger nails if you’re game…
  1. Use bright coloured crayons to completely colour in a blank piece of paper.
    Silent night step 1
  2. Blocking in different colours works well.
    Silent night step 2
  3. Make sure you colour in the entire piece of paper.
    Silent night step 3
  4. Use a paint brush to paint black paint over the picture.
    Silent night step 4
  5. Let the paint dry.
    Silent night step 5
  6. Start scratching the black paint with a sharp stick like a bamboo skewer or the back end of a think paint brush.
    Silent night step 6
  7. Create a scene to suit your topic – this art activity is linked to the songs Silent Night (as below) and Black Night.
    Silent night end product

 

 

Body Percussion

 

 

 

 

 

The human body is the original musical instrument!

 

What is Body Percussion?

It is simply using the body to make percussive sounds in any way you can.

 

Examples of body percussion:

Clapping hands; foot stamping; thigh slapping; finger  clicking; kissing sound with lips; tongue clicking; humming; grunting;  toe tapping; fairy clapping (two fingers); fairy tapping (index finger on table top); click fingers and whistle.

 

Body percussion challenges:

  • Use combinations of sounds e.g. clap hands and cluck tongue; whistle and slap thighs; click fingers and stamp feet. How many body percussion sounds can you make at once?
  • Try alternating body percussion sounds e.g. clap hands, stamp feet, clap hands, stamp feet; kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue, kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue – definitely challenging! Make up your own alternating body percussion sounds!
  • Create body percussion duets or a body percussion orchestra with a group; don’t forget to use a body percussion conductor!
  • Make variations of body percussion sounds e.g. clap your hands in different ways or use different techniques like cupping your hands as you clap – listen for a varying pitch and resonance.
  • Here’s a real challenge for older kids or for adults entertaining younger ones – make arm pit music; beat box and rhythmic breathing.

 

When do you start percussion?

  • Encourage babies not only to clap but to clap to the beat of a song. Most songs have a beat of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 3. The beat is the steady pulse.
  • Play a song, feel the beat, count and clap e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4. Count and play other body percussive sounds e.g. stamp feet, slap thighs. Children will have an added bonus of learning how to count and how to feel the beat in music! Statistics are clearly showing the correlation between music and making kids smarter!

 

Body Percussion Activities with little ones:

Body percussion Poem

I can hear my hands go clap, clap, clap.
And I can hear my feet go stamp, stamp, stamp.
And I can hear my legs go slap, slap, slap.
But I can’t hear my eyes go blink, blink, blink.

I can hear my knees go knock, knock, knock.
And I can hear my tongue go cluck, cluck, cluck.
I can hear my fingers go snap, snap, snap.
But I can’t hear my head go nod, nod, nod.

Freebie:
Body percussion Poem

Body percussion poem

Body percussion poem

Clap the Star

Twinkle, twinkle Little Star
Can you clap the word ‘star’ instead of singing…

Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are.

 

Body percussion Activities for older children:

  • BINGO – substitute a body percussion sound for the letters
  • Little Peter Rabbit – substitute a body percussion sound for each animal
  • My Hat – substitute vocal sounds for summer, (breath out loudly), autumn (scratching vocal sound), winter (brrr vocal sound) and spring (click tongue).
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas – on merry clap hands twice # # (# represents a clap); Christmas slap thighs twice * * (* represents slapping thigh).

 

Write a Body Percussion Graphic Grid

Choose a child to be a conductor – they will need to point to each word (use a sparkle stick or pointer) at an even pace. Start pointing at the top words and then start again pointing at the bottom words.

# = clap

*= stamp

– = rest

Baa

#

one

Baa

#

for the

black

*

mas

sheep

*

ster and

Have you

#

one

any

#

for the

wool

*

dame

*

and

yes

#

one

sir

#

for the

yes

*

little

sir

*

boy who

three

#

lives

bags

#

down the

full

*

lane.

When you are confident with the graphic grid make your own using well known nursery rhymes or a favorite song.

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform?

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform at School, Preschool or Kindergarten? Well look no further!

Here is a great selection of kids Christmas Songs and Carols guaranteed to give the WOW factor at your Christmas concert. Children will love to sing and dance to the upbeat, action Christmas songs.

 

Check out:

Christmas is a Season of Love

Christmas is a season of love,
A time for being with the people you really love,
So open your heart and let the giving begin,
For then you may know the true meaning of Christmas.

Let’s join hands around the world,
And sing together in peace and harmony,
We’ll open our hearts and let the giving begin,
For then we may know the true meaning of Christmas.

Fun Christmas Song for Kids With Actions

Spice up your Christmas repertoire with this up beat kids Christmas song ‘Five Mince Pies’ – children love it!

You can dramatize the song and use either five children or five fingers to play act along with the song lyrics.

Great for school, early childhood and home performances!

 

Five Mince Pies

Download Beautiful Lyric Sheet

Five mince pies in the baker’s shop,
Warm and spicy with sugar on the top.
Along came … (insert name)
with a dollar one day,
Bought a mince pie
And ate it right away.

Four mince pies in the baker’s shop …

Three mince pies in the baker’s shop …

Two mince pies in the baker’s shop …

One mince pie in the baker’s shop …

No mince pies in the baker’s shop,
Nothing warm and spicy
with sugar on the top.
“Oh dear!” said the baker
with the empty tray,
“I’ll have to make some more,”
And he did it right away.

Five Mince Pies Video Song Links:

Five Mince pies with Little Action Kids

Five Mince Pies with Lyrics

Five Mince Pies Awesome Learning Activities

Music

Singing and performing a song helps to build confidence!
Ask children to listen to the song. What ideas do they have on how they can perform the song? E.g. choose a baker and five children who come along and buy the mince pie from the baker. Or use five fingers to play act!
Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version – great for performances, school concerts and choirs.

Visual Art

On card board draw 5 mince pies; cut out the mince pies and use as props for the song.

Drama

Retell the story of the song – use actors, props, costumes and make up.

Literacy

Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”
Print out the song PDF

Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. ” ” ! ? . ,
Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Activity

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a traditional, favourite Christmas song that children and adults love to sing! It’s a  perfect song to sing at your Christmas concert, school assemblies, family gatherings and of course at home!

Millions of people around the world love our musical arrangement featuring our choir and our instrumental version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Over 4 million people have watched on YouTube.

Check out our variety of video versions:

Love to Sing – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Little Action Kids – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Lyric version – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Instrumental version – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Fun Activities for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Music

Feel the beat! Sing and clap your hands in time to the beat (the steady pulse) of the song. Play the song again, this time, clap your hands to the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlining beat).
Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Social Studies

Find out how Christmas is celebrated in lots of different countries and cultures around the world?

Home Science

Bake a Figgie pudding – yum!

Literacy

Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”
Print out the song PDF

Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. “ ” ! ? . ,
Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

Lyrics for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Download the Beautiful Lyric Sheet

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

Chorus:
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, x3
And bring it right here!

Repeat chorus

We won’t go until we get some, x3
So bring it right here!

Repeat chorus

We all like our figgy pudding, x3
With all its good cheer!

Repeat chorus

Repeat 1st Verse

We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!