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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: My Family

Lesson: My Family

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 theme: My Family. There are some lovely kiddies' songs that fit with this theme.

Welcome Song

Sing the Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song.

Singing: The Finger Family

Get the kids to hold up their fingers and tell them that we're going to sing a song about the finger family. Here's a nice Dave and Ava version.

Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you? (Put both hands behind back)
Here I am, here I am (hold right hand up and use left hand to hold and roll the right thumb)
And how do you do?

Repeat the actions for each verse, moving on to the index finger for Mommy Finger, middle finger for Brother Finger, and so on. Sing the song again, but change hands around i.e. use left hand and hold fingers with right hand).

The kids were quite intrigued with this song and participated readily. A few days later, one of the moms asked if I'd done this song, because her daughter had been singing it at home! Yay!

Singing: Ah-goo

Ask the children, "Who has a baby brother or sister?" When babies are little, they can't talk properly, but they make different sounds. One of the sounds is "ah-goo". Here is a song that you can sing to your baby brothers or sisters:

Ah-goo, ah-goo, ah-goo are you?
I am [insert baby's name]
Ah-goo, ah-goo, ah-goo are you?
I am [insert baby's name]
Ah-goo, ah-goo, ah-goo are you?
I am [insert baby's name]
Ah-goo, ah-goo, ah-goo
It's good to meet you.

Repeat the song using the child's name, "mommy", "daddy", "granny", "grandad", etc.

How did it go? I think because this is an entirely new tune, the kids didn't sing with gusto, but I'd like to try it again, because my older son loves singing this to his baby brother, so I'm confident it has some potential!

Rhythm Instrument: Shakers

Repeat "My Friend Shaky" from the last lesson.

Dancing: Big Family of God

On the music player, play Big Family of God from the Big Family of God album by Nick and Becky Drake. Demonstrate the actions and get the children to copy you.

How did it go? I love this song and the kids seemed to love it too on first listen! They also did quite well with the actions.

Dancing/Rhythm Instrument: Sisters and Brothers

I didn't get around to it in my lesson, but you could also play "Sisters and Brothers" from the album Beautiful Me and get the kids to dance to it, or play one of the rhythm instruments. The song fits nicely with the theme.

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Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song

Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song

Lesson: Making friends

Lesson: Making friends