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Popular Early Childhood Music and Movement YouTube Channels

Music and Movement

 

Music and movement plays an important role in a child’s development and has many benefits.  Early childhood music and movement activities allow childre to have fun, be creative,  and burn off some energy. When children participate in early childhood music and movement activities in a group, they also develop and enhance their social skills.

 

Recommended by early childhood educators, here are some of the top early childhood music and movement YouTube channels.  Each channel has a variety of videos to get children singing and moving!

 


Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel Jack has made over 45 albums for children with over 1,000 super fun and movement songs for children. The songs for kids and educational videos will help your children learn counting, numbers, reading and language skills, nursery rhymes, science, physical fitness, dance and movement. Children actively participate in all the learning with lots of movement and fun. These songs for kids have a tremendous diversity of musical styles from pop, Hip-Hop, Latin, country and rock.
Patty Shukla Kids TV – Children’s songs Children’s songs for babies, infants, toddlers and elementary students. Learn counting, shapes, colors, the alphabet, right hand left hand, months of the year, days of the week, phonics, ASL (sign language). Action songs for kids to jump, shake, dance, tango, move, wiggle, hop, bounce, twist and more. Also original story songs about grandparents, tooth fairy feelings, responsibility, environment, travel, fishing and much more.
The Laurie Berkner Band Fun songs that preschoolers (and beyond!) love to sing and dance to (I love to sing and dance too!) Along with the band, you may have seen Laurie on Noggin/Nick Jr. (Jack’s Big Music Show), Universal Kids, Netflix, Amazon, and more.
Greg and Steve Music The first children’s music duo to have two sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, have combined their experiences in the classroom with their expertise in the music industry to create quality educational music. Greg & Steve’s award winning music has become a staple of both the early childhood classroom and the family living room, and is considered a must have for children with special needs and children on the autism spectrum.
The Learning Station – Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes A full serving of learning fun and educational videos for children brimming with active participation.  Featuring some of the most popular Learning Station songs filled with active participation, nursery rhymes, brain breaks for the classroom, learning videos, camp songs, dance, holiday songs, action songs, and our very popular move and freeze dance songs for children.
Dr. Jean

“Thanks for helping me put a song in the hearts of children!” Dr. Jean

Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN!  Dr. Jean Feldman’s noteworthy educational career has spanned more than 40 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant.

The Super Fun Show (Shawn Brown) Fun Videos for preschool children and kindergarten. Brain breaks,wiggles and shakes.
Jim Gill Each of Jim’s recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in. Whether you know them from “brain break” videos in your classroom, the Warped Tour or a late night bar show, you’ve probably gotten sweaty dancing to their jams at some point.
The Kiboomers – Kids Music Channel Their songs will help your children learn colors, shapes, counting, numbers, reading and language skills, nursery rhymes, dance and movement. The Kiboomers award-winning music consists of more than 700 songs to date. On this channel, you will find a selection of kids videos that showcase their music.
Raffi Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as “the most popular children’s entertainer in the English-speaking world” and “Canada’s all-time children’s champion.” This channel will allow Raffi fans of all ages to explore his catalog of songs and album, live performance clips and other specially created content.

25 Ways to move like an animal

Having children move like animals, especially while transitioning from one activity to the next, is a great way to encourage activity and keep kids on their toes.  Here are 25 ways to move like an animal to challenge children.  Instead of simply having kids get in line to go outside, ask them to gallop like a horse to the line.

  1. Bounce like a puppy.ways to move like an animal
  2. Climb like a koala bear.
  3. Crawl like a turtle.
  4. Fly like a bird.
  5. Gallop like a horse.
  6. Glide like a goose.
  7. Hop like a bunny.
  8. Jump like a kangaroo.
  9. Leap like a frog.
  10. March like an ant.
  11. Pounce like a cat.
  12. Run like a cheetah.
  13. Scamper like a squirrel.
  14. Scurry like a mouse.
  15. Scuttle like a crab.
  16. Slither like a snake.
  17. Stomp like an elephant.
  18. Strut like a rooster.
  19. Swim like a fish.
  20. Swing like an ape.
  21. Swoop like an eagle. 
  22. Trot like a donkey.
  23. Waddle like a penguin.
  24. Walk tall like a giraffe.
  25. Wiggle like a worm.

Benefits of Movement

Encouraging movement in early childhood has so many benefits for children.  In addition to creating healthy habits and fostering a lifelong commitment to physical activity, children whose early childhood education is based in movement enjoy the following benefits in both early childhood and for the rest of their lives:

  • Better social and motor skill development
  • Increased school readiness skills
  • Building developing muscles, bones, and joints faster
  • Reducing fat and lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing depression and anxiety
  • Increased learning capacity
  • Developing healthier social, cognitive, and emotional skills
  • Building strength, self-confidence, concentration, and coordination from an early age

(excerpt from The Importance of Early Childhood Activity)