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Welcome to Rocking the Playroom!

Here you'll find songs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that you can sing whenever you feel like it.

There are also more structured Playschool Activities that parents or teachers could do as a playtime activity.

And finally, there are the Playschool Lessons, which group a few Playschool Activities together and follow the themes that the kids are doing at my local playschool.

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Lesson: ME and My Body

Lesson: ME and My Body

Every week, I share a music lesson I've done with the kids at playschool. Parents can do these lessons at home as a fun musical activity, and preschool/playschool teachers can use them for their music rings.

Today's lesson fits with the themes: Me and My Body. They've just started playschool and I've just started these lessons, so it's all new for everyone. But there's nothing like a bit of music to make everyone feel a bit happier and more comfortable!

Welcome Song

Sing the Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song.

How did it go? The kiddies were a little unsure about singing the song, but I'm sure they'll cotton on to it after a few enthusiastic repeats!

Rhythm: Parts of the body

'Round, 'round, all around

From Shake, Rattle and Roll p. 112

(Tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Round round, all around
Fingers making circles
Round round, all around
Fingers making circles

The children point their fingers and make circles in the air. In each new verse, we choose a different body part to make circles e.g. thumbs, hands, arms, and elbows.

How did it go? The kids liked this one and it kept them engaged. There was some heavy thinking when it came to making circles with their elbows! :) But as their teacher said, this is a great little exercise for their shoulder girdles.

Dancing: Beautiful Me

Play Beautiful Me on the music player and get the children to dance as follows:

  • Verse - swing (slow waving motion with both arms in the air)
  • Pre-chorus - roll arms on "standing in a circle..."
  • Chorus - walk in a circle, stop and jump on "Beautiful Me”
  • Instrumental - play “air brass” instruments

Use the dance moves on the Dance and Beats poster.

As enrichment, show the children a picture of brass instruments such as this one and emphasise the trombone and trumpet, which are played in the instrumental section of "Beautiful Me".

How did it go? The dancing went well. I scrapped the jumping though, because it was a bit difficult for the kids to fit in, and for me to explain in that short moment of the song. But I'd like to try it again later in the year.

Singing: Great Big God

We sang Great Big God for our Christmas concert and the kids just loved it! So, it has made a comeback this year!

How did it go? It was good fun to sing what has become a well-known classic for these kids!

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Lesson: Making friends

Lesson: Making friends