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Further to my post here: http://denleymusic.com/primaryblog/?p=277 with a link to some rather cute animal masks, I wanted to find some appropriate songs we could sing with those ‘masks’ in Nursery.  Mine have been cut out, laminated, and taped on to tongue depressers.  I am sticking the words to the back of each ‘mask’.  So I guess they’re not masks anymore but a puppet of sorts.

Rabbit Mask

“Little Peter Rabbit” is a children’s Nursery Rhyme set to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (A Wikkipedia link).

The words are:

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.

Powder Puffs and Curly Whiskers,
Powder Puffs and Curly Whiskers,
Powder Puffs and Curly Whiskers,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.

Some sing ‘Floppy Ears’ in place of ‘Powder Puffs’

Tiger Mask

I’m a great big tiger creeping through the jungle,
I have sharp claws and great big teeth,
I’m creeping through the jungle.

Frog Mask

Galoomph went the little green frog one day
Galoomph went the little green frog.
Galoomph went the little green frog one day,
and the frog went Galoomph, Galoomph, Galoomph!

But…

We all know frogs go
Lah-di-dah-di-dah
Lah-di-dah-di-dah
Lah-di-dah-di-dah
We all know frogs go
Lah-di-dah-di-dah
They don’t go Galoomph, Galoomph, Galoomph!

Dragon Mask

The only thing I can come up with at the moment is “Old MacDonald” and do some creative play with dragon roars.

Monkey Mask

Five little monkeys swinging from a tree
Teasing Mr Crocodile “You can’t catch me”.
Along came Mr Crocodile, quiet as can be
And he snatched a little monkey right out of the tree.

(keep counting backwards).

These masks are adorable!  I wouldn’t recomend wearing them in Nursery, but perhaps stuck to an oversized paddle-pop stick would be fantastic! What songs can you think of that the children would love with these masks?

  •  Galoomph went the little green frog
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Leo the Lion
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (yup, given The Lion King has just come out in 3D, I’m sure they’ll love that one).

http://www.animaljr.com/printable-animal-masks-lion-mask/

PS – I mix up some songs they know from ‘every day’ with ones they know from Church.  We are building up their repertoire of songs, and preparing them for ‘Big Primary’ as well.  We always end with ‘I Am a Child of God’ prior to finishing with prayer.

I’ll  admit that I often have brain numb moments when I walk into our Nursery room.  I forget words to songs, I forget how the tunes go, and I forget names, including mine!

I like to have the words at least to remind me, so for a little variation I came up with these:-

Nursery Rhymes words and pictures

Your job is to match up the words with the pictures and stick them on the back.  I cut the words out, lightly glued the them on the backs of the pictures and laminated them.  They came out really well!  The ‘words’ border is the same size as the ones around the pictures, so it’s simply a matter of cutting along the lines and sticking them back to back.

I showed the children a picture and asked if they could guess the song.  Some they could, some they couldn’t but they adored these last week. The Hokey Pokey is definitely a favourite of theirs.  My absolute favourite is the picture of the boy showing the little girl how to do ‘Here is the Church’. It’s a feel-good picture :D

I don’t bring a box to nursery any more.  The kids have figured out how to open the sides, and they kept trying to run off with the things - they were so excited by my props.  I have a black material bag now so they can’t see what is inside, and I can hold it on my lap.

I have used this activity every now and then, and absolutely EVERYONE (including the Nursery Leaders) love it.  You never know what to expect!  They are cards to ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ but there are a few odd things scattered in there, like “Juice” (make a slurping sound) and a “Jeep” (“beep beep”) and some “Wood” (goes chop chop).

The pictures are found here: http://singanewsongmusic.blogspot.com/p/printables.html.  You want the first ‘Farmer McDonald Cards’, not the other ones further down.  Cut them out, laminate them and bring them out randomly.  The kids will love it, and you won’t know what’s coming next either! I didn’t include the wig or the chow though.

I have the finger puppet picture book as well, but I find alternating them works really well.  The kids don’t get bored of seeing the same thing over and over, but they love the repetition of the songs they know.

Just in case you’re curious (aren’t we all ;D ) I thought I would briefly explain our music in Nursery.  We have a decent sized nursery.  Usually 8 children each week, sometimes crazier.

I go in for the last 10 minutes of Church to do singing time with our Nursery.  We sing about five songs and then we sing ‘I Am A Child of God’ and our Nursery Leader helps a child say the closing prayer.

I started off the year singing familiar songs to them.  Of course they wouldn’t have known the Primary songs unless they were singing them in Family Home Evening, so I stuck with Playschool songs or ones they would have learned in Pre-school, then gradually introduced songs from the Primary Song Book.

My aim is that by the end of the year we will be singing more ‘Primary Songbook’ songs than ‘Playschool’ songs.  We have started learning the chorus of Scripture Power and the kids have been happily clapping along and trying to sing the words.

I take along a box as well that has my props in it.  I will either hand out a prop for the song we’re about to sing, or I have a hand puppet or book.  We sing the song and the kids hand back their props.  They really love this routine, and we don’t even have to remind them, they just do it naturally.  Boy I bet their parents would love to hear that! ;D  They also sit on the floor around me – apparently they don’t do this ‘usually’ so they must really love our time together.  I certainly do!!!

Here’s my list of Nursery Repertoire to date in case you’re interested: Nursery Repertoire

The first two lists “Childrens Songbook’ and ‘Other Songs’ are songs they know.  The ones in the ‘To Teach’ list are ones I am about to do with them.

Here are the contents of my Nursery box so far.  They don’t all fit, of course, but I do pack it before Sunday.  We revise songs (about 4 each Sunday) and I add a new one every couple of weeks.  The aim is to start off with songs that are familiar to them, then introduce Primary songs one by one.  We keep revising and adding to their repertoire of songs.  My Kinderbeat training has come in handy for this!

So far we know:-

  1. Five Little Ducks
  2. Five Little Speckled Frogs
  3. Five Cheeky Monkeys (A spoken rhyme)
  4. Smiles
  5. Five Little Daffodils (a spoken rhyme)
  6. One Grey Elephant balancing…
  7. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
  8. Roll the Ball (A Kinderbeat song – I know I’m not supposed to use this one…but I had a mental blank moment and it was the only thing circulating in my head…and the kids LOVED it so we have done it a few times)
  9. Fun to Do (with the balls – “Rolling the ball is fun to do…”)
  10. I Am Like A Star
  11. The Wheels on the Bus

We always end with ‘I Am A Child of God’ and then the Nursery Leader helps a littlie say closing prayer.

Tomorrow we are learning ‘Galoomph went the little green frog”…and we’re not doing my microwave version ;D (so you get the joke..here’s the link: “We all know frogs go…”

I have enough soft small balls to go around our Nursery (they’re not all shown) which of course don’t fit into that box, so I take them along in a bag.  They’re the most requested thing in our Nursery! The Monkey rhyme is the next (cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed).

I’m getting some resources together for my “Primary kit” (aka a couple of large plastic tubs) so I can grab things if I’m in a hurry.  I have lots of laminated games and activities for my music students, so it just makes sense to me to have the same for Primary.  I’m just having to do it quickly over a matter of weeks rather than years.

I remember a previous primary music leader changing the lyrics to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (and I’m sure they changed it on Playschool as well), so I decided to add in a few extra words.

I have found a fantastic picture of a boy (thanks abcteach.com for your wonderful resources).  I put together a few simple wordstrips of body parts so you can change the words around – and label him with the words you wish to use

I’m going to start with the usual, then change a few at a time because I just know I’m going to get extremely confuzzled!

This is something I can also do with my little violin and piano students as an attention activity at the beginning of their lessons – just do the ‘Playschool’ familiar tune with them and speed it up as you go along.

To print out the graphic and cards to this fun song, click here: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Note: I did print out the boy in ‘Poster’ form, and the cards in ‘normal’ print.  The PDF is normal though in case you want to print the boy out on A4 paper, and make the cards smaller.  This could be fun for Nursery too!

Our little sunbeams seem to sing better and sit still when they have visuals in front of them.  We hold Opening Exercises in the Chapel, so they need to be fairly reverent – and we are singing this for Opening Exercises tomorrow :D

Since I was having a ‘star’ week, doing star flash cards as general knowledge for my Preliminary Grade piano students, I thought I could do one more giant star, and add the words of this song.

I set my printer to print it out in Poster form (on 4 pieces of paper) so it could easily be seen up the front.  My original is not automatically set that way through.

To print out a copy, click here: I am like a star with words

I have also created a page of smaller versions of this, to use with Nursery.  I used the bigger star I used for Opening Exercises in Nursery, and the kids just LOVED the star.  I am going to laminate little ones.  They will probably point to the star, and hold it above their heads while they learn the words.  Repetition and building up repertoire in Nursery is the way to go!  To print out smaller stars, click here: I am like a star Nursery prop

I have recently been called as the Primary Music Leader.  Our dear Sis Pratt passed away not long ago, and she absolutely loved her calling as Music Leader.  I filled in for her when she visited her family in Hawaii. She was back for one week, then sadly passed away the following week.  It was such a shock because it was very sudden.

The nursery children are an absolute delight.  I have been doing some hand puppet songs; five little ducks, five speckled frogs, five cheeky monkeys, and some action songs and rhymes; Fun to Do, 5 little daffodils, rolling the ball.

Last Sunday I tried a new one with them, which they loved.  It involved elephants (immediately caught the boys attention).

The words are:-

One grey elephant balancing

step by step on a piece of string

He thought it was such a wonderful stunt that he

called for another elephant.

Two grey elephants balancing

Step by step on a piece of string

they thought it was such a wonderful stunt that they

called for another elephant…

Then add elephants until you get to five

I used these elephants on paddle pop sticks so we could count up to five.  I found out that adding children to a conga line just didn’t work, so this might be a sit down song, and they can count out on their fingers.  It might also work as a glove puppet song. Elephants Balancing

 

Five Little Ducks

I needed something visual to take to the Nursery kids on Sunday.  I already have a glove puppet with ‘Five Cheeky Monkey’s’ on it, but I had bought it.  I was up for a bit of a challenge today and decided to try my hand at making something I could use.

Here’s the end result.  It isn’t perfect, but it IS after all, only for the little 18 month olds to quack along to.

If you would like to make your own, you can make a simple pattern of your hand by tracing around your fingers, then making them super wide for sewing purposes.

I cut ducklings and the mother duck out of this template: Duck template, hot glued the duck pieces together, then hot glued them onto my glove.

The song is:

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.