31 Days of Great Children's Music: Sing Along!


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Welcome back to 31 Days of Great Children's Music!  This is the big posting challenge I'm participating in that involves blogging every day in October covering just one topic.  It's also where you'll find some super suggestions for children's songs the whole family can enjoy.  

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This children's album comes from the lead singer of the band The Presidents of the United States of America and includes all sorts of famous guests, including Weird Al and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.

Quirky and folksy, this collection includes original tunes as well as revamped traditional pieces that will be sure to have you singing right along with your children!

The album opens with the catchy Bad Blue Jay - whose "yes sir" and "no sir" responses will have you tapping your feet to its fun rhythm and most likely get you out of your seat for some dancing around, as well.

Wild Wild Time will either remind you of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, or Billy Joel's This Night, or both, but it provides tons of animal fun wrapped up in a song, regardless!

My favorite song on this album is easily My Flea Has Dogs.  It cracks me up every time I hear it, but the best part is when he mentions all these dog breeds and then shouts out "Italian Greyhound" as one of them, which, in my opinion, is the best dog breed out there:

Boy, I miss this little guy!

Activities

  • What better game to accompany songs like Funny Bone and Them Bones than the silliness of this classic:


  • If you can manage to listen to I Wanna Be a Snowman without having that other song pop into your head, then good for you!  But if you can't find a way to escape it, then just give up and watch this:


and then turn your own family into snowmen with toilet paper, hats, gloves, scarves, and maybe some pre-cut carrot noses and buttons, like this family did (scroll down a bit in the post to find this activity)

  • The minute I heard Shadow, all I could think of were some recent posts on shadow puppet play at a couple of my favorite blogs:
  • Take some inspiration from Baby Cloud and create your own cloud in a bottle.  There are many variations to this science activity, but here's one that seems to produce great results:

To Watch

There are quite a few cute cartoons to go along with many of these songs - Caspar Babypants even has his own YouTube channel!  Here are a few to whet your appetite:

To Read

  • Ba Ba Black Sheep is a classic that deserves to be in any household.  Check out these versions:

and be sure to read this fascinating book (for adults) that tells the stories behind different nursery rhymes:

More Music

If the other Caspar Babypants albums are as much fun as this one, then you could create an entire library of children's songs from just this one artist:



I just love the cover art on these albums, too (his wife does all the art).  Which cover is your favorite?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com, then be sure to go check out these children's songs for yourself!
 

31 Days of Great Children's Music: Silly Songs with Larry


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So I'm not as familiar with the whole Veggie Tales world as most of my friends are, but I'm sure I'll be getting better acquainted with them over the next few years.  I got this album years ago so I could create some fun programs for my figure skating students and then once I heard how fun the songs were, I added a few others to my collection.  I've been listening to and enjoying them ever since.

My favorite songs are a tie between The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything and Do the Moo Shoo, although I Love My Lips is right up there with them - "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip!"

This album is goofy in all the right ways.

Activities

  • Grab some Chinese take-out, or cook some up yourself while listening to Do the Moo Shoo.
  • In the spirit of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, dress up like a pirate for a day with this:

The bonus is that you'll be all set for Talk Like a Pirate Day (usually held on September 19th) and score a dozen free Krispy Kreme donuts.  Ooooh...donuts...Krispy Kreme...I can see that HOT NOW sign glowing and hear that sugary glaze calling my name right now...

Oh, I know, you're shocked because you know what types of recipes I post on this blog and how little sugar we eat, but come on, these are Krispy Kremes we're talking about here!

  • His Cheeseburger makes me think of this:


I find the price listed here outrageous, but I've always thought this play set looked like so much fun.  If you're not in the mood for some Play-Doh fun, then you could always have some burgers for dinner.  Just please, please, don't eat something that this documentary:

showed will remain in the same pristine state months and months after it sits out on a counter...

Watch the movie if you don't know what I'm talking about.

And yes, I know I'm being totally hypocritical with this burger caveat after all that Krispy Kreme drooling I did up there.

But again, they're Krispy Kremes.

To Watch

There are plenty of fun Veggie Tale DVDs out there.  I haven't watched any myself yet, but I've heard these are some cute ones:


More Music

You can easily build an entire library out of Veggie Tales music.  Here are just a few others to check out:



Do you get a healthy helping of veggies at your house?  What are your thoughts on these children's songs?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.  .

31 Days of Great Children's Music: Hear and Gone in 60 Seconds


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I love the unique concept behind this album - it's a collection of original music from different popular children's music artists with each song lasting just a minute!  This means you get a great variety of musical styles on one album - it's like going to a buffet and getting to sample a little of everything!

I always seem to gravitate towards the silly songs on an album and my favorite selections from this collection of fun children's songs was no different.  Here are just a few:

More Than Just a Minute gets stuck in my head for days after I hear it, but that's okay, because it's a good song - it reminds me a little bit of Chris Rice's Cartoons song (which, by the way, is also a pretty fun song for kids, even though it's not on a kid's album).

I Love My Brother (Sometimes) just makes me laugh.  Not having siblings myself, I can't relate, but I have certainly heard all about this topic from my former primary students.

Rocks in My Pockets reminds me of a Broadway tune.  Now there's an idea for the next hit on the Big White Way - Rocks in My Pockets, Toads on My Toes, and Other Hazards of Raising a Boy.  I'll even let you develop that money-making idea yourself - just send me a couple of tickets for opening night, mmm-kay?

There's a Bowl of Milk in the Moonlight cracks me up, puts a stitch in my side, and reminds me of the Jingle Cats - Meowy Christmas album - or this commercial:



Activities

  • The song Hey, Picasso easily lends itself to all sorts of art projects.  You can Google or Pin projects until the cows come home, or you can grab these fabulous books for some creative ways to introduce your child to creating art in the different styles of the great masters:




  • Besides being super-catchy and reminding me of a pop song from the 80s, Alphabet Soup calls for both a fun meal and a clever letter-recognition game.  To play the game, simply fill a pot with water and dump in a set of magnetic letters like these:

then, have your child scoop out certain letters (spelling their name, sight words, or in order of the alphabet) with a slotted spoon.
  • Learn to samba after listening to Samba One, Samba Two.  There are many YouTube videos that can teach you the basic steps.  Here's one to get you started:

To Read

  • Listen to Hey, Picasso and read up on great art as well as the artist's life:

  • I have had these adorable books on my wish list for some time and they would match up perfectly with Travelin' the USA:

More Music

You can find a couple of the artists I've highlighted on previous 31 Days posts on today's album.  See this post and this post for more.

I've been enjoying music from two other artists on this CD that I'll be mentioning on the last day of this series:




And here are albums by a few of the other featured artists that look really good:



How many of these artists of children's songs have you heard of?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.  



31 Days of Great Children's Music: Schoolhouse Rock!


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Ah, Saturday mornings of years gone by.  Up before my parents and sneaking out to the family room to get my fix of Looney Tunes, The Littles, and Pac-Man before heading outside to choreograph my latest roller skating spectacular or jump ramps on my bike with the boy down the street.  And sandwiched in-between the morning's veg-a-thon of shows would be the Schoolhouse Rock! cartoon shorts.

Who needed school?  Science, Math, History, and Grammar - they were all covered during these 3-minute educational segments!

This collection of children's songs is yet another that has been solidly planted in my musical library for years and years.  And remember, Gv has only been around for the most recent of those years, so obviously these are tunes I enjoy listening to even without little ears being present.

Interjections! is probably my favorite ditty from the collection, and might possibly be the cause for my over-use of these fun little word phrases to this day!

I also have always loved Telegraph Line - I think because my dad worked for the phone company, I had this crazy notion that it was my own personal song (along with others, like Wichita Lineman).  Dit diddle diddle dit...

The Body Machine is another good one - perfect for a quick 3-minute workout to bop along with while you're chasing after a fast-moving toddler!

Activities

  • How could I not push everyone to go ice skating in honor of the song Figure Eight?  Long gone are the days when figure skaters like me spent hours tracing these designs on the ice, but that shouldn't stop you from getting out there and reinstituting them yourself! 
  • Play Unpack Your Adjectives - fill a "suitcase" (converted box) with index cards covered in nouns, then have each player draw a card and see how many adjectives (s)he can come up with to describe that noun.  Each adjective earns the player one point and the player with the most points wins.
  • Adverb Action - listen to Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here and then get ready to play this lively game.  Make up a set of index cards with different action verbs on each one (choose some that would be easy to act out) and then make up another set of index cards with adverbs on them.  Players take turns drawing a card from each pile and then acting out the resulting directive (like skipping nervously).  This could lead to some very silly pantomimes!  
  • Have fondue while enjoying The Great American Melting Pot.  We enjoy the gooey, cheesy (have I told you how much I love cheese?) fun at home with this:
  • Do the Circulation!  You could do any activity to get your heart rate up while listening to this song, but I vote for jogging in place so you can match the characters in the cartoon.

To Watch

You can buy separate DVDs and get everything, but this is a good collection:





You can also watch many segments free on YouTube, like these classics:




More Music

You can buy these separately, but we have the collection of all 4 discs.  There's also a "Best of" album that's a little more affordable.






Did you grow up singing these scholarly children's songs in-between episodes of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.



31 Days of Great Children's Music: Picnic Playground


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We have a serious collection of world music in our house.  This makes sense, since G and I both love traveling and learning languages so much.  Our albums range from Turkish to Hindi to Hebrew to Arabic to Latin to French to Scottish and Irish as well as many others.

A good chunk of our spanning-the-globe tune hoard comes from Putumayo World Music.  The company's motto is "guaranteed to make you feel good" and pretty much every album does just that.  You can imagine how excited I was to discover that they have an entire line of children's melodies that are just as good as the others.

Besides having cover art that is as spunky as the music found within, these CDs also include trilingual liner notes - in English, French and Spanish.  Oooh, look at that, a free language lesson while you listen!

I love all the songs on this album, but my favorite is easily Ice Cream.  I can't help but sing along, especially the part that wails, "Ice Creeeeeaaaammm!"

Activities

  • Go on an Ice Cream outing - or hold a sundae party at home.  Pick up this ice cream maker to create your own treats (it's so easy!) and grab this book for some fresh flavor ideas:
 


More Music

Here are just a few others that are available (we own 5 of these listed CDs!):



Have you sampled any of the children's songs on these CDs before?  You can usually find a display of them in the middle of Whole Foods and sample some of the sounds while gorging yourself on food samples - it's practically a free meal!  I'd love to hear what you think - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.  


 

31 Days of Great Children's Music: Classic Moments from The Bill Gaither Trio Especially for Children


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I can't even begin to guess how many times I listened to these records as a kid, so I made sure to hunt down the CD versions several years ago.

This is vintage gospel at its finest - quality never goes out of style.  You might be surprised at how enjoyable these children's songs can be, even though they are, ahem, old.

My favorite song is I Am a Promise, but God Can runs a close second.  I can recall the lyrics to either one at a moment's notice.  What I like most about these songs is the fact that they are unique.  It's nice to have a little variety in your life.

Activities

  • Go fishing!  God Loves to Talk to Little Boys (While They're Fishin') is great inspiration for an actual fishing trip.  Or, play a game of Go Fish with these cards if you don't have a local fishin' hole nearby:

  • Listen to Jesus, I Heard You Have a Big House and create your own shoebox house.  Use a separate box for each room and build furniture for each one out of pieces of cardboard or card stock.  Use paint and wallpaper samples and fabric from remnant tables to decorate everything.

To Read

There are so many wonderful children's Bibles out there, but this is one of our favorites:



To Visit

Looking for cute Bible stories on the web?  Here are two sites to check out:


More Music

There are two volumes of these uplifting children's songs:


Have you heard of The Bill Gaither Trio?  Are you looking for children's songs that teach little ones about God's love?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.