Music and Crafts to Celebrate Spring

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For a child, celebrating the little moments today become the most treasured memories of tomorrow.  In many parts of the world, spring is just around the corner, and we have a few musical and artsy-crafty ways to help you celebrate the change of season even as you enjoy some precious child celebrating time with that sweet little someone who lights up your world all through the year!

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Fun and Favorite Valentine’s Crafts Just for Young Children

Kindermusik Music Classes for Kids

If you’re looking for some simple and enjoyable Valentine’s crafts, look no further.  We’ve pulled together a few of our top favorites to share here with you so you could check off the Valentine’s needed for teacher, Grandma, Uncle Joe, and more, and best of all, so you could sprinkle in a little extra love, giggles, and special memories of time together around the very holiday meant to be a time to express our love in special ways.

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Sing Like a Pirate!

Sing like a Pirate

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ahoy, mateys! Did ye know? Tomorrah is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Huzzah! Hoist the main sail! Batten down the hatches! WHERE’S MY PARROT?! It’s fun to talk like a pirate…ye just need an extry big bucket of RRRRRRRRRRRs!

Here in Kindermusik land, we be doin’ a bit more than just talk like a pirate! We sing like pirates! How do we do that? Well…ye came to the right place!

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Happy Birthday in Pirate

Our first test…know someone with a birthday tomorrow? Why not sing the traditional Happy Birthday song in Pirate instead of boring old land lover language? Let’s give it a go. It’s pretty simple…

Happy Birthday to ye,
Happy Birthday to ye,
Happy Birthday dear Blue Beard!
Happy Birthday to ye!

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Mary Had a Little Lamb? No…She Had a Ship…and a Parrot!

The pirate version of Mary Had a Little Lamb has Mary out on the high seas looking for treasure! Here be a link for some accompaniment music for ye!

Mary had a little ship,
Little ship, little ship!
Mary had a little ship
And sailed the seven seas!
And Everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went!
Everywhere that Mary went
Her sails would catch the breeze!

She found some treasure on the beach,
On the beach, on the beach!
She found some treasure on the beach
And split it with her crew!
Her parrot asked her
“Where’s my gold? Where’s my gold?”
Her parrot asked her “Where’s my gold?
A bird deserves gold, too!”

Did ye ever hear tell of a parrot demanding gold? Well, this be a pirate parrot. Always best to do what a pirate parrot asks of ye!

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Traditional Sea Shanties

What be a Sea Shanty, ye ask? Well, I’ll tell ye – but listen up, mateys! Capt’n Dr. Boyle doesn’t like repeatin’ his-self. I’m busy tryin’ to talk a parrot out of his gold.

A Sea Shanty is a work song – used to get a group of people to complete a task that requires cooperation – or in pirate speak, a song to make us move as one, like a school of fish swimmin’ in the sea….ARRRRRRRRRRGH!

Here’s a classic – Haul Away, Joe![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBigLvMyKzU&index=1&list=PLC161314B67D41FE1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There be some great songs about pirates, and Ward, the Pirate is probably one of the finest ye’ll hear. Take a listen to Ralph Vaughn Williams’ setting of the story of Capt’n Ward. Here be the words of the song! Ye can listen to a recordin’ below…

Come all you gallant seamen bold,
All you that march to drum,
Let’s go and look for Captain Ward,
Far on the sea he roams;
He is the biggest robber
That ever you did hear,
There’s not been such a robber found
For above this hundred year.

A ship was sailing from the east
And going to the west,
Loaded with silks and satins
And velvets of the best,
But meeting there with Captain Ward,
It proved a bad meeting;
He robbèd them of all their wealth
And bid them tell their king.

O then the king provided a ship of noble fame,
She’s call’d the “Royal Rainbow,”
If you would know her name;
She was as well provided for
As any ship could be,
Full thirteen hundred men on board
To bear her company.

‘Twas eight o’ clock in the morning
When they began to fight,
And so they did continue there
Till nine o’ clock at night.
“Fight on, fight on,” says Captain Ward,
“This sport well pleases me,
For if you fight this month or more,
Your master I will be.”

O then the gallant “Rainbow”
She fired, she fired in vain,
Till six and thirty of her men
All on the deck were slain.
“Go home, go home,” says Captain Ward,
“And tell your king from me,
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Rupert the Wrong Word Pirate
Rupert the Wrong Word Pirate

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]So there ye be! Enjoy the day and have fun singing like a pirate. If ye want to talk like a pirate, just be sure it’s not like our friend, Rupert. He get’s the words wrong all the time. Ye can learn about his tale in the book, Rupert the Wrong Word Pirate.

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Musical Routines that Help Back to School Routines

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether it’s a first-time experience of going to school or having to say goodbye to an older sibling going to school, that change – as exciting as it may be – can also be unsettling for a child.  Once-predictable routines are different.  There’s a new schedule.  Mom or Dad’s attention has to shift a bit, and maybe they’re feeling a little anxious about all the change too.  Things just aren’t quite the same.

Finding something that’s familiar and comforting to keep constant in the midst of all of this change can go a long way towards helping a child successfully transition to a new routine.  For many of our Kindermusik families, that “something familiar and comforting” is their Kindermusik classes… and the Kindermusik songs and activities they enjoy together in between classes throughout the week at home.

It may be tempting to let all activities go, even beloved ones like Kindermusik classes, in the face of big life changes like starting school or even welcoming a new little sibling into the family.  It’s understandable for adults to feel a certain stress or concern over juggling an increasingly busy schedule, and you may feel concerned that it’s too much for your child too.  But young children are actually relieved to have the comfort of a predictable activity with a Kindermusik class or teacher they adore, a setting that’s familiar, and all of their Kindermusik friends they enjoy seeing each week. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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The routine of Kindermusik class can prepare your littles ones for regular nursery school and kindergarten classes.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Even if the child is moving to a different Kindermusik class level or changing a class day and time, what they love and look forward to about Kindermusik doesn’t change.  And that’s where the comfort is for them.

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  • Keep attending Kindermusik classes. You’ll be surprised at how calming this will be for your child… and for you! If you will let her know about the changes your family is facing, your Kindermusik teacher can be aware to give a little extra attention and TLC in the transition as well (an older sibling starting school is also a great time to get a younger child started in Kindermusik!).
  • Incorporate some Kindermusik songs into your new routines. Perhaps you’ll choose a little song to sing to your child as you wake them up each day, or maybe you turn on the Kindermusik CD or stream your Kindermusik songs as soon as you get in the car.
  • Create a playlist of your favorite Kindermusik Quiet Time or Cuddle Time songs. Keep that playlist handy when it’s one of “THOSE” mornings, or when your child just needs to calm and refocus after dropping big sister off at school or after a long day at school.
  • Make a sing-along playlist. How fun would it be to start the morning with a song in your heart and a big smile on your face?! Singing fun, favorite songs can do that for you! And no one will think twice if you’re belting out those songs along with your child…except that you might want to remember to change the playlist once your child gets out of the car!
  • Utilize the information for parents in your Kindermusik Home Materials to understand better where your child’s developmental stages and needs.  There’s some really insightful information you can glean that will support you in easing your child through transition times, developmentally and scholastically.

Check out Sing Music Studio’s King Kong Kitchie sin-along below. These kids are having a blast![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZvTtQPMn-o”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The things you love most about Kindermusik can continue to be the things you love most about Kindermusik, even through those times of transition and change. That’s the really wonderful thing about Kindermusik. It’s truly a beautiful beginning – and continuation – for you and your child.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shared by Kindermusik educator Theresa Case, who has been sharing the delightful routines of Kindermusik with kids and families at Piano Central Studios for almost 25 years now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][class_finder_form css=”.vc_custom_1500661347758{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Our Favorite Musical Activities to Get You Through Your Child’s Day

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At Kindermusik, we love finding and sharing ways to help make great parenting a little easier and a whole lot more musical!  And we’re not shy about our claim to be creative musical experts when it comes to knowing just which activities are classroom favorites as well as at-home favorites for kids and parents.  You don’t have to use all of these all of the time, but it’s great to keep a few of these ideas tucked into your back pocket to pull out throughout the day as needed.


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Sing a Good Morning song

This could be your Kindermusik hello song from class, or simply a song that you piggy-back (add your own words to a familiar tune), or a song that’s completely original.  Sing this song often enough, and your child will come to adore their Good Morning song routine almost as much as you crave your morning coffee routine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Music for Play Time

Inspire your child’s play or just keep their heart humming along.  Simply stream your favorite Kindermusik songs from your phone, play your Music CD, or put that “favorites” playlist on a loop.  The kind of music you choose can brighten the energy for the day or provide a little calm as needed.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]activities[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A Lullaby (or two!) at Nap Time

Establish a little routine of a lullaby or two before nap time, and nap time will go much more smoothly.  We highly recommend gently rocking together as you sing and then giving a sweet little hug and kiss as you put your child down.  If they want more music, turn on your Kindermusik lullaby playlist or even some light Classical music as they fall asleep.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVDgVe1yGOg&list=RDQMzqKp89HqbKw”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Music for Imagining and Playing

The type of music a child sings or hears can truly capture the imagination.  Maybe there’s an art project on the agenda, or maybe the music can inspire the art project.  For example, older children can be challenged to “draw what they hear in the music.”  Or there can just be the nice happy background music for playing dress up or creating all kinds of things with homemade playdough, for example.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]activities[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A Dance before Supper

It’s been a long day for everyone, and supper time often becomes fussy time.  As the pasta is boiling, take a minute to whisk your child around the kitchen for a quick little dance.  Or make it a welcome home routine to do a happy little family dance with Dad when he walks in the door from work.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]activities[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Read, Read, Read!

Music literacy and reading literacy go hand-in-hand, and we’re huge advocates of reading to your child any – and every! – chance you get.  Keep that basket of favorite books handy (Here’s a list of some of our favorite titles).  Reading a story together only takes a few minutes, but it’s amazing what a little cuddly lap time and one-on-one attention can do for you and your child.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A Beloved Bedtime Routine

The bedtime routine can be quite musical too!  A silly song as you scrub together and wash up in the tub, a sweet song as you get them in their pj’s, a calming bedtime story, and of course, the best end to a musical day – another lullaby.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]activities[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]That’s a lot of music and musical activities for a day!  But not to worry.  You’ll find inspiration, new songs, parenting tips, and even more ideas in your weekly Kindermusik classes and Home Materials.  And your child will absolutely blossom and thrive because of the music and the routines.  You’ll love the memories you create as a result, and how these simple musical activities will help you linger together in the precious moments of childhood just a little bit longer.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shared by Kindermusik educator Theresa Case, who has been sharing the wonders of Kindermusik with kids and families at Piano Central Studios for almost 25 years now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][class_finder_form css=”.vc_custom_1500658279259{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

DIY Beach in a Bottle!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, we hope you are enjoying the summer weather! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, winter is just getting started (of course – winter is a bit milder in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere)! Well, whether you live north or south, we wanted to share a creative way of bringing the beach inside with you! It’s a fun, family activity – you can make a miniature beach scene all your own to remember that special vacation, or simply have a little reminder of warmer weather when things get dreary! Let’s get started…


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Beach in a Bottle
A Ball canning jar works really well – and I don’t say that just because I went to Ball State! – (source: Pinterest)

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What You’ll Need

  • A glass bottle or jar of some type – canning jars work well as they give you a bit more room at the opening to really control your beach scene inside the container. If you want to go big, think of bulk jars of mayo or jam from your local warehouse club. Friendly suggestion – be sure to eat or relocate the contents before making you beach scene!
  • SAND! If you are at the beach, it’s all over the place. Just grab enough to fill the bottom third or so of your bottle or jar. If you aren’t near the beach, hardware stores sell bags of sand. You wont need all of it, but don’t worry – Pinterest has plenty of ideas for the left over sand. You’ll run out of sand before you run out of fun projects!
  • Shells – the right size for your bottle or jar. Remember, they have to fit in the opening.

And if you can find them or have the time…

  • Sea Glass – You can find pieces of sea glass if you take a long walks on the beach. It can add some color and texture to your beach in a bottle.
  • Dried Star Fish – because really, what beach scene is complete without a star fish. A plastic one will do in a pinch.
  • DIY Mini Beach Chair – Want to really make your scene authentic? Try your hand at making a mini-beach chair out popsicle sticks or craft sticks. If this is a family activity, perhaps have an older child work on this.

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Step by Step

  1. Fill the bottom third with your sand. You can shake the bottle of jar to level it out, or leave it uneven for that beach dune look!
  2. If you made the mini beach chair, put that in first.
  3. Place your shells and sea glass on the sand. There’s really no wrong way to do this – you’re in charge. Put them in the middle, around the edge, scattered randomly – whatever you like!
  4. Seal up your bottle or jar and display it for all to see! Placing it near a sun-filled widow will add a nice touch to your scene.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And there you have it! A little bit of the beach inside your home. If you are feeling really adventurous, place a picture of the sky inside the bottle of jar to give your scene an authentic backdrop! You can even place a picture of your little one from that special trip inside the jar!

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As an added bonus, here’s Maestro Kindermusik Educator Beth Anspach reading from the Kindermusik Creatures of the Ocean Booklet, I Like the Beach. Enjoy![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajKavm7r_bI”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

At Home Beach Activities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether it’s a beach stay-cation or an actual trip to the beach in store for you, we’re here with some fun and simple ideas for bringing the beach indoors and creating memories that are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces for a long time to come. Best of all, instead of “I’m Bored!”, we bet you’ll even hear that sweet little voice begging with a smile, “Can we do that again, Mom?”


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At Home Beach Crafts

Make a Paper Plate Sun and Pipecleaner Windcatcher  

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At Home Beach Books

Sand, Sea, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

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At Home Beach Music – Dance, Sing, and Play Along!

All albums are downloadable from play.Kindermusik.com

1, 2, 3 Octopus & Me

Music Makes My Day

Get Up & Move

The next time you need a little something to keep a little someone occupied, pull out one of these ideas and head to the beach – even if it’s just in your imagination!


[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ideas shared by Theresa Case who has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in beautiful upstate South Carolina, where she’s not too far from the beach![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

School’s Out Soon! Make Some Musical Moments!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere! Here are some suggestions on how to keep those little ones busy and how to make the time you spend together meaningful.


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1. Read Together

There’s a strong connection between the skills required for reading books and reading music, and you can enhance both reading literacy and music literacy by reading with your child. It’s a great way to sneak in some calming snuggle time too!

2. Take a Listening Walk

Listening is a huge part of music and music appreciation. And there’s nothing like a listening walk to captivate your child’s imagination, hone their listening skills, and develop an appreciation for the world around us. By the way, we highly recommend the book for children by Paul Showers called The Listening Walk.

3. Turn on Some Gentle Music and Blow Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is one of the cheapest forms of childhood entertainment, and you can even sneak in some music appreciation benefit by playing some classical music during the activity. We suggest selections by J.S. Bach or Mozart. By the way, a bubble wand with more than one hole is the secret to a better bubble-blowing experience.

4. Color to Music with Sidewalk Chalk

Want a no-mess activity that also gets your child’s creative juices flowing? Give your child some sidewalk chalk and offer the canvas of your driveway. Add a variety of music for fresh inspiration and enjoy watching your little artist go to work.

5. Use Painter’s Tape to Create Roads and Movement Pathways

Hum along as you drive small cars around tape-defined roads or dance and move around paths marked by painter’s tape. The fun will be in deciding where to put the tape down, and the learning comes as you sing and label with movement words.

6. Use a Hula Hoop as a Prop for Dancing

Hula hoops are great for helping children develop spatial awareness and refine large motor skills. The joy comes in exploring all the different ways to dance with, around, and through the hoop!

7. Make a Homemade Instrument… or Two!

Here are ideas for a oatmeal bongoscardboard guitar, simple shakers, homemade maracas, and castanets.

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8. Start your Own Marching Band

Grab your homemade instrument, turn on some marching music, and have a parade through the house… and back around again!

 

9. Play a Musical Alphabet Chairs Game.

This is a fun educational twist on a classic childhood game that combines moving, listening to music, stopping on cue, and identifying letters of the alphabet. Perfect for when it’s too hot or yucky to be outside!

10. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

Put on some homemade ankle bells and dance, dance, dance! This is a great activity for indoors or outdoors. You can even help your child experiment with different kinds of music for all kinds of creative movement ideas.

Need more? How about joining us for a class this summer! It’s a great time to try something new. You’ll make new connections and your little one will have a blast! Find a class nearby.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]