Activities

3 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make with the Parachute

March 14, 2021
parachute preschool

When I think back to my elementary PE days, the most exciting week was when we got to use the parachute. It was just one week a year which I found very disappointing. I wanted to use it every time! Now I’m all grown up and I get to make the rules. That means the…

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Transition Songs for Preschool

October 5, 2020
transition songs for preschool

Transition songs are activities that can be used to help your students move from one activity into the next while keeping them engaged in the group. These types of activities are so valuable in circle time we process music in many different parts of our brain. With transition songs, we are giving the direction we…

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5 Easy Circle Time Songs

September 9, 2020
easy circle time songs

Do you feel out of your depth when it comes to music and song learning? Start with these easy circle time songs! They are all set to easy to learn melodies and are can be sung without the recording. Because of this, you will have no trouble at all learning them for your class. Simple…

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5 Listening Activities for Circle Time

September 7, 2020
listening activities for circle time

Circle time is a great opportunity to try some listening activities with your little ones. These listening activities written and recorded by Musically Minded offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for your little ones. Listening activities are a great way to build skills like following directions, auditory discrimination, and focused attention. These skills will…

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10 Movement Songs for Preschool

September 2, 2020
10 movement songs for preschool

#1 Come Out of the Barn #2 Froggie Hop Froggie Hop is an action packed movement song for your toddlers! Listen to the song here! Froggie Hop by Musically Minded How to teach the song Hand out frog finger puppets or have students jump like frogs themselves. Encourage students to match the beat with their…

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4 Name Games for Preschool

July 22, 2020
name games for circle time

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” -Dale Carnegie Learning the names of your kids right away is a must! It instantly connects you with them and they move from being anonymous to, “oh man, she knows my name!”. My mom was a substitute…

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Matilda the Gorilla

June 28, 2020
Easy songs to play on the ukulele

If you are looking for ways to get kids engaged at circle time, look no further than the ukulele! It’s one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and kids love it! Kids also love it when the songs you play on the ukulele are interactive. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Sing Books with Your Kids!

May 22, 2020
children's books you can sing

Did you know that one of the best ways to get your child ready to read is to sing with them? When you pair a book with a song, you up the ante even more! Below are 3 reasons why children’s books you can sing offer a great way to get kids ready to read!…

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5 Little Fishies in the Sea

May 4, 2020
5 Little Fishies

Did you know that songs are fantastic for teaching skills across the curriculum? The song I have for you today is no exception! “Five Little Fishies in the Sea” is a home run, but at first glance one might not see all the learning packed into this little fingerplay. There’s rhyming, fine motor skills, one to one…

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Beautiful Bird Listening Game – a pre literacy game!

April 16, 2020

Birds are all around us and they have something to say! Just listen for a minute as you play in the backyard or take a walk in the forest and it won’t be long before you’ll hear a bird’s beautiful song. Because each species of bird has its own unique song, you can identify a…

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Sing-along Songs All About Food

April 1, 2020

This week we are learning all about food, yum! Kids love this theme because it is so meaningful. And when a topic is meaningful, they make connections. To make it extra fun, I used a chef puppet to introduce many of the songs. This was a great way to capture their attention as they couldn’t…

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Sing-Along Songs All About Space

March 25, 2020

Looking up at the night sky, it’s hard not to miss the moon and the stars. And what about all those planets? If you and your little ones are ready to blast off, then join me in the space-themed sing-along.

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