Making Music with Your Little Ones: Half 2 of two – Music To Develop On


Hi there once more, mates! Welcome again to half 2 of constructing music along with your little ones. In my earlier submit which you’ll entry right here, I shared a few of my favourite motion songs and songs that you are able to do along with your family members utilizing easy selfmade devices. This week, I’m so excited to share with you some extra of my favorites which incorporate on a regular basis gadgets and toys akin to scarves, stuffed animals, and blanket parachutes, in addition to a few of my favourite fingerplay songs which require nothing greater than your arms! As all the time, I might love to listen to about a few of your favourite tunes that you just use along with your youngsters by leaving a remark on the finish of this submit.

Should you’re studying from the consolation of your property, pause for only a second and go searching. What do you see within the room that you just’re in that could possibly be used to have interaction your baby in musical play? Perhaps some stuffed animals, a laundry basket, fuzzy blanket, or colourful scarves? Chances are high, there are a number of gadgets round you that can be utilized in a pinch to enliven music making along with your little ones! Beneath are a number of of my favourite songs that incorporate on a regular basis gadgets akin to those I discussed above, however the sky is the restrict relating to utilizing your creativeness!

Stuffed Animals & Gadgets

  • Down on Grandpa’s Farm: Utilizing stuffed animals with this music by Raffi is a good way to extend your baby’s vocalization and animal identification abilities. For individuals who are youthful, you possibly can current one animal at a time and emphasize each the identify of the animal when singing and the sounds that it makes. For individuals who are a bit older, you possibly can current two animals at a time and encourage them to search out the right one that you just’re singing about and/or name out its identify in addition to mimic the animal sounds.
  • Wheels on the Bus parody: Along with being a great music for concentrating on gross and effective motor actions, the traditional “Wheels on the Bus” music might be simply modified to extend your baby’s oral motor abilities by imitating numerous animal sounds. Seize a stuffed animal or different animal toy and easily tweak the lyrics like this: “The [animal] on the bus says [sound x3] / [sound 3x] / [sound 3x] / the [animal] on the bus says [sound 3x] / all by means of the city.” But once more, for many who are a bit of bit older, it’s also possible to encourage them to search out the animal that you just’re singing about by presenting two (or extra) animals to them and having them level/contact/seize the right one.
  • Row Row Row Your Boat: One in every of my favourite actions to do with my toddlers is the music, “Row Row Row Your Boat.” I flip my giant gathering drum the wrong way up and invite every baby to take a flip sitting inside whereas pushing them forwards and backwards as I sing. This exercise can simply be tailored within the residence surroundings by utilizing one thing like a laundry basket or giant cardboard field because the “boat” as a substitute of a gathering drum.  When you’ve got a number of youngsters in your family, this may be nice for engaged on turn-taking abilities as you possibly can encourage every baby to take a flip, or you possibly can work on communication abilities by prompting your baby to ask for “extra” on the finish of the verse, nevertheless which may look (e.g., verbally, utilizing signal language, pointing to image icons, and many others.). Moreover, younger youngsters love the verse that ends, “in the event you see a crocodile, don’t neglect to scream!”, and you may mannequin and immediate your baby to say, “ahhhh!” or “oh no!” or something comparable.


Seize a shawl or any small piece of fabric that may be simply waved akin to a wash fabric, bandanna, or perhaps a tissue and prepare to rock and roll! Amazon additionally has a number of 12pc scarf packs accessible for round $10 such because the merchandise listed right here which is ideal for youths. They’re tremendous straightforward to scrub, too. Merely throw them within the wash and air dry or tumble on cool (and simply ensure that your wash and dry are set to chill as a result of in any other case they may in all probability soften!).

  • “Wibble Wobble” and “Jiggle Your Scarves” by kindyRock on YouTube: These two songs by kindyRock are great for engaged on gross motor actions along with your baby. They’ll have a blast following alongside as you begin off gradual and get sooner in “Wibble Wobble” by shifting their scarf aspect to aspect and up and down. In “Jiggle Your Scarf,” your baby will work on rising their route following abilities to maneuver in particular methods (together with listening for the phrase “freeze!”) and determine totally different physique elements.
  • A Little Seed: I found this music this previous spring and love singing it with my group of littles who benefit from the anticipation of making their very own flower. The easy lyrics and melody make it straightforward to be taught and so enjoyable to do!
  • Butterfly Colours Music: This music is great for introducing and dealing on shade identification with younger ones. You too can encourage them to maneuver their scarves in numerous methods throughout the refrain.
  • Hokey Pokey with scarves: Boost this well-liked camp music by incorporating scarves and tweaking the lyrics barely as proven under. Along with shifting your scarf out and in, it’s also possible to direct your baby to position the headscarf on totally different physique elements or transfer them up/down, aspect to aspect, and many others. The alternatives abound!

You place your scarf in

You place your scarf out

You place your scarf in

And also you shake all of it about 

You do the hokey pokey and also you [shake/spin/wave/etc.] your scarf round

That’s what it’s all about!

Blanket Parachute

For the next songs, you possibly can simply use any blanket that you’ve got mendacity round, and naturally, Amazon additionally has a number of choices accessible in numerous sizes, though I might advocate the 6ft measurement akin to this one which is underneath $20 and the proper measurement for little ones at residence.

  • London Bridge: This conventional English nursery rhyme is nice for guiding easy up and down actions along with your makeshift parachute. Though there are a number of verses, I take advantage of the next two essentially the most, however you should use no matter verses you want and even adapt them as wanted. I emphasize the down or up actions as directed by the lyrics on the finish of the traces as underlined under. My littles additionally love hanging out beneath the parachute whereas the dad and mom help me in shifting it up and down!

London Bridge is falling down

Falling down, falling down

London Bridge is falling down

My truthful girl

Take the keys and lock her up

Lock her up, lock her up

Take the keys and lock her up

My truthful girl

  • Ring Across the Rosie: Right here’s one other English nursery rhyme with some enjoyable twists as offered by Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms. Your little ones will love shaking the parachute and falling to the bottom!
  • Pop Goes the Weasel: Add some pizazz to this music by utilizing small toys akin to stuffed animals and shaking them within the parachute as you sing the lyrics. While you get to the phrases, “Pop goes the weasel!”, you can provide the parachute an additional huge shake to pop the toys into the air. On repetitions of the music, you possibly can fluctuate your voice degree and tempo of the music to extend your baby’s auditory listening abilities and anticipation.
  • Animals Go Marching: In my earlier submit (Making Music with Your Little Ones: Half 1), I talked about utilizing the music, “The Ants Go Marching,” on the drums. That is additionally an amazing music to do with the parachute to work on 1:1 correspondence counting abilities, too. You need to use stuffed animals or small toys and, beginning with one toy within the parachute, add a toy for every verse and pause to depend what number of there are along with your baby between verses.

As you possibly can see, the alternatives for musical enjoyable are countless! What are a few of your favourite methods to make music at residence along with your youngsters?

What’s a fingerplay music chances are you’ll be asking? They’re merely songs involving nothing greater than your arms! Some examples chances are you’ll already be conversant in embrace, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Wheels on the Bus,” and “Child Shark.” The advantages of fingerplay songs plus those I’ve already talked about within the earlier part of this submit are quite a few; they’ve been proven to extend youngsters’s consideration and route following abilities, oral and gross/effective motor abilities, and their creativeness and social improvement. Beneath are just some of my favourite fingerplay songs that I take advantage of often with my little ones, and as all the time, I’d love to listen to about any of your favorites within the feedback part on the very finish of this submit!

“Slippery Fish” – Yaya and Nono Present

Make a journey to the ocean and transfer together with quite a lot of sea creatures as they swim alongside making an attempt (unsuccessfully) to evade changing into the following animal’s meal! This music is nice for concentrating on your baby’s bilateral coordination abilities (their capability to make use of either side of their physique) along with their oral motor abilities as they’ve the chance to say, “Oh nooo!”, after their sea creature is gulp, gulp, gulped. Be happy so as to add in or substitute any animals, actions, and/or sounds that you prefer to, too!

“Peanut Butter and Jelly” – conventional campfire music

Feeling hungry? By no means worry, this foolish campfire music could have you and your baby making some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches very quickly!

“5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree” – Golden Acorn Music

That is certainly one of my favourite counting fingerplay songs as a result of it engages youngsters in quite a few methods, from its deal with counting and imitating actions and facial expressions, to the adjustments in quantity when the alligator comes alongside, to creating the audible “snap” sounds.

“Two Little Black Birds” – Crescendo Child Music

Right here’s a superb music for introducing opposites to your baby akin to quick/gradual, loud/gentle, excessive/low, good/imply, and a number of other others.

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me this week and I hope you’ve found some new and artistic methods to make music simply along with your little ones! Within the feedback part under, I might love to listen to about a few of your favourite songs and methods to make music along with your youngsters.