Spring Songs!

What shall we sing this term?

Spring with Musicaliti 2016

Spring is lovely time of growth and new energy, and what better way to learn than to play singing games! Here are some musical ideas for your children!

Baby Room (0-2y)

Lavender's blue, Dilly, Dilly, Lavender's green
When I am King, Dilly, Dilly, you shall be queen
Who told you so, Dilly, Dilly, who told you so?
Was my own heart, Dilly, Dilly, that told me so
 
This lovely 3/4 song sounds a bit like a waltz (1-2-3, 1-2-3 …), so to start, bring some lavender for the children to look at, smell and touch (or squash!) while you sing the song through a few times.  This could progress into gently dancing around the room with the children in between smelling and exploring the plants, using the idea of the waltz as you move.  Finally, as lavender is known for its relaxing qualities, the song could become part of the naptime routine for the term, settling the children down with the lovely smell of lavender and memories of floating around the room.
 
Social – children watch and copy all day, watching you sing and dance with with them providing them plenty of experience as they develop
Physical – touching and smelling the plants, hearing and moving to the music provides concrete experiences to use in other situations
Academic – this provides children with opportunities to develop an interest in plants and flowers, how to handle them and care for them
Creative – finding ways to move to the music is creative, and this can be extended to creating their own songs or pictures or playdough shapes 
Emotional – Creating warm, secure memories while smelling the lavender, singing the song and moving to the music develops children's bonds
 

Toddler Room (2-3y)

Hop old squirrel, eideldum, eideldum
Hop old squirrel, eideldum, dee
Hop old squirrel, eideldum, eideldum
Hop old squirrel, eideldum, dee
 
In spring time in England, we celebrate Easter, the end of the cold winter and the beginning of longer days and warmer weather.  We also celebrate new starts, with all the new flowers coming up and the new animals being born, like chicks and bunnies!  This song is a lovely high energy song, where we can swap the word "squirrel" for any other more suitable animal.  Tuck a scarf in the back of your skirt or trousers as a long bushy tail, a little bunny tail, or a little chick feather, and have a hopping good time!
 
Social – children develop spatial awareness as they move around each other by hopping
Physical – hopping/jumping is one of the essential physical skills children need to develop in terms of muscle and bone growth
Academic – associating words with actions and singing new words develops vocabulary and pronunciation, while singing rhyme develops logic 
Creative – acting as the animal in the song allows children to become something else, to explore what is may feel like to be that animal
Emotional – relating the song to an appropriate story develops a child's empathy for others in general, animals and elderly in particular

Preschool Room

Here comes a bluebird in through my window
Hey, diddle dum a day, day, day
Take a little partner and jump in the garden
Hey, diddle dum a day, day, day

With the warmer weather comes the opportunity to go indoors and outdoors more freely and more often, see more birds as they return to their nests, and watch them play.  This song develops co-ordination in threading, as children all stand in a circle holding hands, but raising their hands to form arches.  While all the children sing, the child in the middle (the first "bluebird"), moves to the beat of the words (older ones will find this easiest), and go into the circle between the first two people, around one, and then out of the circle, around the next, until the reach the 3rd line.  Taking the person they are nearest, the "bluebird" and partner go to the centre of the circle, hold hands, and jump together "in the garden" until the end of the song, when the "bluebird" goes back to holding hands with the others, and the new "bluebird" flies in and out of the "windows" (children's raised arms).

Social – Playing games together develops co-operative skills through experience, showing children the benefit of all working together
Physical – Moving in and out of alternating gaps develops the understanding necessary to use this gross motor experience in a fine motor setting
Academic – Standing in circle develops the experience of being in a circle, towards recognising the drawn shape of a 2D circle
Creative – Choosing how to move, to fly between windows, develops the child's movement vocabulary and confidence
Emotional – Working together creates a supportive environment, while pretending to be a bird flying in and out helps to reduce potential fear of birds
 
Do you know these songs?  Would you like me to make them available?  If so, please let me know!