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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: Baby Animals

Lesson: Baby Animals

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.

There is such excitement at the playschool, because we have 20 adorable visitors joining us for the week. They arrive as eggs in an incubator on Monday, and leave as adorable little chicks on Friday. Each child gets an egg to watch, and it is a great honour if your egg hatches first (although I think the parents, rather than the kids, are more excited about this - I think it has something to do with looking ahead to future grandkids!)

So today's lesson is all about baby farm animals, and especially about little chicks!

Welcome Song

Sing the Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song.

Rhythm Instrument: Homemade Shakers

The children will be making shakers out of egg containers, plastic spoons and something shaky, like coffee beans, rice, or popcorn seeds.

Then we'll sing My Friend Shaky, using the homemade shakers.

Dance: Sit on Your Egg and Wait

We just have to learn this adorable dance from Dance 'n Beats, given that we've got an incubator full of chicks that we can't wait to see hatching!

It's called Sit on Your Egg and Wait...

I'll go through each of the moves slowly and get the children to repeat them. Then I'll sing through the whole song slowly and get the children to copy my dance moves (I'm really going to have to practice...!). And then finally, we'll put it all together with the music.

Dancing and Singing: The Fruit Salad Ballad

If time allows, I'd like to repeat the Fruit Salad Ballad. This time, I'd like to draw a circle to represent the "fruit bowl" in the middle of the children's circle. I think we'll also use the colour of the children's clothing this time, rather than using balls - these were a bit of a distraction!

Singing

Mary had a Little Lamb

It's all about baby animals, so let's sing Mary had a Little Lamb together.

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow

Everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

It followed her to school one day
School one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school

And so the teacher turned it out,
Turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near

And waited patiently about,
Patiently, patiently,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry

"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The teacher did reply

Big Family of God

If we can manage it, we'll sing Big Family of God with the guitar, and give the actions a try as well!

Parallel Activities

We've decided to have a parallel activity for the younger children in the class, if they have lost focus in the more structured lesson. The parallel activity should ideally be done with a teaching assistant in a separate room, but if there isn't a separate space available, then the kids can just be taken aside and given the activity.

  • Shake egg shakers with different materials e.g. rice, paper clips (or even thumb tacks), water with glitter, dried beans or lentils, shell pasta, etc. Make sure to seal the eggs very tightly with a few layers of sticky tape!
  • Shake their homemade shakers.
  • Sing Mary had a Little Lamb.
  • Do selected moves from "Sit on your Egg and Wait" - the teaching assistant can choose which moves would be the best for the group to practice.

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