Christmas Songs and Music for Kids Invite Play

Christmas songs and music for kids are full of fun and action, much like children themselves. The music and the words inspire many different ways to play, like singing, dancing, and making music.

Christmas songs music for kids

As adults, we groan when stores begin playing Christmas music because we have heard the popular songs over and over gazillions of times but that’s not the same for kids. They may remember from the year before but not only are these songs fun to hear, but fun to sing too. Even wee little ones love the Hey in Jingle Bells and add it whenever there is a pause. The songs Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have inspired whole movies and television shows.

Besides these three favorites, we can use other children’s songs with different words for Christmas. To the tune of Hokey-Pokey, kids can put in their hands and sing:

You put your front hooves in, you put your front hooves out.
You put your front hooves in and shake off all the snow.
You do the Reindeer-Pokey and you dash all around.
That’s what it’s all about.

To put in back hooves, that is feet, would be tricky to do at the same time, so put in the left hoof (foot) and the right one separately. Use antlers, tails, and noses too. For noses (red noses optional):

You put your red-nose in, you put your red-nose out
You put your red-nose in and you blink it on and off.
You do the Reindeer-Pokey and you dash all around.
That’s what it’s all about.

red nose faces

Christmas music doesn’t need words. Put on some of your favorite music and let kids dance around. Kids will make up their own moves to the rhythm. We can dance with them and enjoy the brief time together. Frosty the Snowman uses dancing right in the words. Are there some other Christmas songs and music for kids you can suggest?

Bells and drums are strongly connected to Christmas. Kids, from little ones to big ones, can make drums with anything. Bells come in a variety of sizes from small ones that jingle softly to much larger ones that drive parents crazy. Metal pans and a wooden spoon make a noise, er sound, that is like a drum and a bell. Play a few songs and let kids tap or ring along.Christmas music and songs for kids

Christmas songs and music are more than notes and words. They come combined with memories. Voices echo to us despite the years. Do not let worry about your voice not being good enough stop you from singing with your kids and family. Are any of the voices you hear in your memory ones you would love to hear again no matter how flat or off-key? When we listen to someone we love singing, we listen with our hearts not just our ears.

Christmas songs and music for kids inspire a variety of play and when it’s time to say goodnight, do they also encourage sleep?

Olympic Games #16 – Olympic Music Activities for Kids

Yes, the Olympics are about sports but music is part of the Games too. Can you include some Olympic music activities for your child?

Olympic music activities for kids

Did you notice several of the athletes putting their hands high above their heads and encouraging the crowd to clap in time? Their sport didn’t include music. Instead, the crowd supplied the rhythm. A simple and easy game to play with kids is to clap a few times in different patterns and let your child echo what you did. For example, you might clap one slow clap and two very fast ones. That’s pretty easy for kids to repeat. A rhythm slow/ fast-fast/fast-fast/slow is more complicated. When kids know how the game works, they can clap a pattern for you to imitate.

Olympic music activities for kids

Not all sports have music at the same time but music is definitely part of the Olympic Games experience. Put on some music and kids can roll, tumble, jump, and twist like the athletes in the floor routine. Try some slow music and some that’s fast. The spongy mats that zip together make a good mat, if you have some.

play with color mats

Every medal ceremony includes one or more countries’ national  anthem. You might want to sing the one for where you live together. Sometimes, kids don’t quite have all the right words in their version.

Olympic music activities for kids

Another song to sing is Row, Row, Row Your Boat. There are rowing events at the Olympics. At home, kids sit on the floor and do the actions. Athletes train their bodies. A body song for singing and actions is Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. A song about clapping is, If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands. Add some extra verses, like:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re strong and you know it, flex your muscles.
If you’re fast and you know it, run right here. (run on the spot)
If you’re bouncy and you know it, jump really high.
If you’re flexible and you know it, twist and bend.

Olympic music activities for kids

Music uses many different parts of the brain. That’s why it’s such a powerful activity. Are there some Olympic music activities and play at your house or play center? Would you say this post has a ring to it?

Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun

Having fun with musical toys and homemade instruments for kids is today’s play-of-the-day. Did you see the Google doodle for the theremin, a musical instrument played with hands but without touching? It inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones and these ideas too.making music funKids enjoy making noise, er music, and will use ordinary items they find around the house. It could be a paper towel tube to be a horn or a wooden spoon that bangs on a saucepan lid. Very young kids are discovering how they can make different sounds; older ones may be interested in creating a beat or rhythm. They may sing along, even if they don’t have any words.

homemade instrumentsAs kids play, they are coming up with their own form of music. Besides everyday items, kids may have musical toys. A xylophone is very common and some relative will give a present of a drum. The recycling basket could have some things for homemade instruments. Elastics on a cereal or tissue box make a sort of guitar. Empty coffee tins with plastic lids are useful as drums. Chopsticks can become drumsticks. Small objects, like beans or plastic spoons, turn tins or plastic containers into shakers.

Young children will think of their own ways to play with musical toys or instruments, real or homemade. Big Sister set out all these dolls and stuffies to be the audience for her music. We can extend their play with questions like, “How would you play something fast? Or, “What does it sound like when you play slow?” Turn on some music and invite your child to play at the same time.

musical fun for kidsThe theremin almost seems magical when seen in videos, as if the music comes from the hands. But really, an instrument by itself doesn’t make music either. The sound does comes from the hands—and the imagination. Are there some musical toys and homemade instruments for your child’s play?

Arts Fun: Rhythm Activities for Kids

Rhythm activities for kids start from something as simple as clapping. This video shows an ultrasound of an unborn baby clapping as the parents sing! While the actions of the soon-to-be baby are astonishing, rhythm is no surprise. It’s very definitely part of our lives. Breathing and heartbeat are two constant rhythms from the very … Continue reading Arts Fun: Rhythm Activities for Kids