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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.

Valentine’s Day Songs and Fingerplays

Valentine's Day Songs

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays are a great way to engage young children.  Here is a collection of Valentine’s Day songs and fingerplays that are easy to implement.

 

Download These Songs

 

Be My Valentine
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

You’re a special
Friend of mine
Friend of mine
Friend of mine
You’re a special
Friend of mine
Be my valentine!


I’m a Little Valentine
(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little valentine,
Made for you,
Of paper, lace, and a dab of glue.
I’m signed and sealed and on my way,
To say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day!

Variation:
I’m a little valentine
Red and White
With ribbons and lace
I’m a beautiful sight
I can say, “I Love You”
On Valentine’s Day
Just put me in an envelope
And give me away


Five Pretty Valentines
Use five actual Valentines during this chant

Five pretty Valentines waiting at the store.
(Name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty Valentines shaped like a “V”
(Name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty Valentines said “I love you”
(Name)  bought one then there were two.
Two pretty Valentines, this was so much fun.
(Name) Bought one and then there was one.
One pretty Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, so I bought it for myself!


Love Your Friends
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Love, Love, Love your Friends,
Love them all year long.
Especially on Valentine’s Day,
As we sing this song!


Counting Valentines
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)

One red, two red, three red Valentines
Four red, five red, six red Valentines
Seven red, eight red, nine red Valentines
Ten red Valentines.
Ten red, nine red, eight red Valentines
Seven red, six red, five red Valentines
Four red, three red, two red Valentines
One red Valentine.


I Like Hearts
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Red hearts, white hearts,
Pink hearts, too.
I like purple hearts.
How about you?
Green hearts, yellow hearts,
Blue hearts, too.
I like rainbow hearts.
How about you?


Valentine Pokey
(Tune: The Hokey Pokey)

You put your right arm out.
You put your left arm out.
You bring those arms together
And you squeeze
with all your might.
You hug and say “I love you”
and you spread it all around.
That’s what this day’s about.


H-E-A-R-T
(Tune: B-I-N-G-O)

There is a shape; it stands for love,
And “heart” is its name.
H-E-A-R-T
H-E-A-R-T
H-E-A-R-T
And “heart” is its name.


There’s a Big Red Heart…
(Tune: It’s a Small World)

There’s a big red heart down inside of me, (Draw a heart shape in the air, then point to chest)
There’s a big red heart no one else can see.  (Cover eyes with hands)
It is filled to the brim with love from within, (Spread arms)
And now I give it to you. (Point to another person)


Counting Valentines

Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them with me.
I have red ones, orange ones, yellow ones, too.
I have green ones, purple ones, and some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Count them with me! 1-2-3-4-5……..

Give each child a red, orange, yellow, green, purple or blue heart.  While they say verse, children raise their hearts in the air at the appropriate time. Count the number of hearts and identify different colors when the verse is finished.


Also check out these videos for more ideas:

Preschool Graduation Songs

preschool graduation songs

At the end of the school year, many preschool programs have a graduation ceremony.  There is a lot of excitement as the children graduate from preschool and move on to kindergarten.   Included in a ceremony, the children can sing one or several of these simple songs:

 

Graduation’s Here
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Grad, grad, graduate!
Our day is finally here!

We learned so much the whole year through,
Graduation’s here!

 

I’ve Been Having Fun in Preschool
(Tune: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad)

I’ve been having fun in preschool,
Learning all year long.

I can tell you all about it,
Just listen to this song.

We’ve been learning shapes and colors,
Letters and numbers too!

I’ve learned how to share with others,
Now our year is through!

 

Kindergarten, Here We Come
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Kindergarten, here we come.
We know we’ll have lots of fun.
Lots of things to make and do.
Reading, Writing, Counting too.
Kindergarten, here we come.
We know we’ll have lots of fun.

 

Off to Kindergarten
(Tune: Oscar Meyer Weiner)

Oh, I’m ready to go off to kindergarten.
That is where I truly want to be.
‘Cause when I go to kindergarten,
Everyone will be so proud of me!

 

Kinder-Garten
(Tune: New York, New York)

Start spreading the news.
We’re leaving today.
We want to be a part of it.
Kinder-Garten!
We’ve worked very hard.
We’re ready to go.
We’re gonna be a part of it.
Kinder-Garten!
We know our ABC’s and our 1,2,3’s so well.
We’ve worked at sounding out words and stories to tell.
Just asked us to rhyme.
We’ll say hens and pens.
We’ve learned to share and get along with all our friends.
So now we made it here.
We’ll make it anywhere.
We’re on our way.
Kinder-Garten!

 

Leaving Preschool*
(Tune: Frere Jacques)

Leaving preschool, leaving preschool,
Yes we are…yes we are!
Our teachers were the greatest,
They taught us all the latest,
Things to learn, things to learn!

 

Graduation Day^
(Tune: When Johnny Comes March Home Again)

We are smiling great big smiles, hooray, hooray
‘Cause today is our graduation day.
We learned letters and numbers, too.
We learned about animals, in the zoo.
Oh, we’re all so glad, that you could come, today!  (Point to audience)

We are jumping up and down, hooray, hooray!  (Jump up and down)
‘Cause today is our graduation day.
We met friends and teachers, too.
We painted pictures, quite a few.
Oh, we’re all so glad, that you could come today!  (Point to audience)

We are standing up real tall, hooray, hooray!  (Stand up straight & tall)
‘Cause today is our graduation day.
We are proud of all we’ve done.
We loved preschool, we had fun.
Oh, we’re all so glad, that you could come today!  (Point to audience)

We are waving to everyone, hooray, hooray!  (wave hands)
‘Cause today is our graduation day.
“Goodbye, goodbye,” we now must say.  (Continue waving)
Kindergarten, we’re on our way!
Oh, we’re all so glad, that you could come today!    (Point to audience)

Download these songs:

*www.preschoollearningonline.com

^www.preschoolexpress.com


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New Year Songs and Finger Plays

New-Year-Songs

Here are a collection of songs about the New Year that are great for young children.  Start the new year off by talking about resolutions and the calendar.  These songs and finger plays make a fun addition to any New Year preschool theme.

Cheer the Year (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat):

Cheer, cheer, cheer the year;
A new one’s just begun.
Celebrate with all your friends,
Let’s go have some fun!
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
A brand new year is here.
Learning, laughing, singing, clapping,
Through another year.


New Year’s Day (Tune: Jingle Bells):

New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day,
Comes but once a year.
On New Year’s Eve we celebrate,
And ring it in with cheer!
New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day
Comes but once a year.
On New Year’s Eve we celebrate
And ring it in with cheer!


Ring the Bells (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat):

(Give each child bells to ring)

Ring ring ring the bells,
Ring them loud and clear.
Let’s tell everyone around
That the New Year is here!


A Brand New Year (Tune: The Muffin Man):

Now we have a brand new year,
A brand new year, a brand new year.
Now we have a brand new year,
It’s (name of year).


A New Year (Tune: She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain):

There’s a new year on our calendar today.
(name of year)
There’s a new years on our calendar today.
(name of year)
There’s a new year on our calendar,
A year to grow and learn much more.
There’s a new year on our calendar today.


Let’s Celebrate (Tune: Frere Jacques):
Happy New Year, Happy New Year.
Let’s celebrate, let’s celebrate.
Good-bye to the old year;
Hello to the new year.
Hurray, hurray! Hurray, hurray!


Happy New Year (Tune: Are You Sleeping?):

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Good-bye to the old year!
Hello to the new year!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah!


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