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good songs to sing for (and with ) kids

open mike 13 Jun 09 - 03:44 AM
Deskjet 13 Jun 09 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 13 Jun 09 - 06:28 AM
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Subject: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 03:44 AM

I have been asked to do a summer creativity program in the library (yay library!) for kids. I SEARCHED HERE FOR CHILDREN, KIDS AND DID NOT SEE ANY THREADS ON THIS.
Here are the songs on my list so far..
De Colores
Waltzing with Bears,
Red River Valley
May there always be sunshine
This land is your land
You are my sunshine
All God's critters got a place in the choir
homegrown tomatoes
apples and bananas

this is for 5-10 year olds

got any others to add
r


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Deskjet
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 05:31 AM

Polly wolly doodle (Burl Ives).


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 06:28 AM

This is a good thread with summer vacation here.
HAVE FUN
To Find the Mudcat Collection - Go To Links - At the Top by the Mudcat Banner - select keyword KIDS - 300 plus - I like for 4 to 6 year olds:

A HUNTING WE WILL GO
AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY
BINGO
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?
FROGGY WENT A COURTIN'
GOING TO THE ZOO - circle march with actions
I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT
JIM CRACK CORN
OATS, PEAS, BEANS AND BARLEY GROW
SWALLOWED A FLY
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THE FARMER IN THE DELL
THE OLD SOW SONG
THIS OLD MAN
TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN

I beleive your music may be too advanced for five year olds - and unless they are "special" - the 9 and 10 year olds will be turned off.

Simple repeat chorus are good for participation

Some previous threads include:

Subject: RE: faverite Kids Songs
From: alison
- 07 Sep 99 - 06:38 AM

Here's a great site for kids songs Kididdles
http://www.kididdles.com/
slainte
alison

Help: Songs for children's program
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=116247
Take Them OUTSDIE
kids' rhymes from military chant
mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=73808
From: NH Dave
- 30 Dec 04 - 02:33 AM

Another use for chants of this type is in the military version of Hank Snow's song, Movin' On, which first got adapted during the Korean war with various references to events of the day.

Verses like,

The old tom cat was feelin'mean When he caught his tail in a sewing machine.

He's movin's on
He'll soon be gone

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BEST WISHES FOR THE SUMMER

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 09:25 AM

It's a creativity program. I suggest doing something new.

When my nephews and nieces were little, I checked out children's poetry books and set to music the poems I thought little children would like. Then I taught them to the kids, and we'd sing together while I played guitar. Here's an example:

If you catch a firefly and keep it in a jar,
you will find that you have lost (beat) a tiny star.
If you let it go then, to fly into the night,
you will see it once again (beat) star bright!

(It helps that we live in an area where fireflies actually occur.)

While we're at it, doesn't the library have books of children's songs?


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 11:30 AM

i recall a few i have seen by Ezra Jack Keats..
Over in the meadow....

oh yes and a wonderful illustrated song book
of Holly Near's The Great Peace March

and the WEE Sing series...


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: PHJim
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 11:39 AM

Here are a few I've had success with and my source for each.

Hopalong Peter (New Lost City Ramblers)
Watermelon Song (My Scoutmaster, John MacIntosh)
The Barnyard Dance (Carl Martin)
I'm Gonna Tell (Rosalee Sorrels)
Old Joe Clark, especially the gross verses:

I went down to Old Joe's house
He invited me to supper.
I stubbed my nose on the table leg
And stuck my nose in the butter.

Don't go down to Old Joe's house
I'll tell you the reason why.
He blows his nose on old corn bread
And calls it pumpkin pie.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 11:58 AM

oh yes, the gross ones, do you suppose they would want me to sing great green gobs of green greasy gopher guts in the library (too messy)

i thank you for the suggestions..
i do not know why none showed up when i searched...
but glad to have the interaction
with live members--that is what we do best here!

John McCutcheon has a great one..
what i learned in kindergarten...

of all you learn here, remember this the best
don't hurt each other and clean up your mess
take a nap every day, wash before you eat
hold hands, stick together, look before you cross the street...
and remember the seed in the little paper cup
first the root goes down and then the plant grows up


oh yes i think it is called kindergarten wall


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 12:35 PM

i came across this thread..
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2667#167302
with some good ideas....

I did find lyrics to this..does anyone want them?
here you go (*lyrics add)


Kindergarten Wall by John McCutcheon

When I was a little kid not so long ago
I had to learn a lot of stuff I didn't even know
How to dress myself, tie my shoes, how to jump a rope
How to smile for a picture without looking like a dope
But of all the things I learned my favorite of them all
Was a little poem hanging on the kindergarten wall

CHORUS:

Of all you learn here remember this the best:
Don't hurt each other and clean up your mess
Take a nap everyday, wash before you eat
Hold hands, stick together, look before you cross the street
And remember the seed in the little paper cup:
First the root goes down and then the plant grows up!

Well, it was first, second, third grade, fourth grade, too
Where I had to learn the big things the big kids do
To add, subtract, and multiply, read and write and play
How to sit in a little uncomfortable desk for nearly half a day
But of all they taught me my favorite of them all
Was the little poem hanging on the kindergarten wall

Chorus

But lately I've been worried as I look around and see
An awful lot of grown-ups acting foolish as can be
Now I know there's lots of things to know I haven't mastered yet
But it seems there's real important stuff that grown-ups soon forget
So I'm sure we'd all be better off if we would just recall
That little poem hanging on the kindergarten wall

Chorus

©1988 by John McCutcheon


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Amos
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 01:31 PM

I have great success with small kids singing "Fod", which has a point in each verse where they all get to scream "Fod!!!" at the top of their lungs if they wish.

Littler ones lover the "quack-quack-quck" duck voice in "The Fox Went Out". If you use a duck voice, which I do.


A


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST,TIA
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 04:36 PM

Three Jolly Fishermen.

They love to shout the Amsterdam-dam-dam part.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Peace
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 04:40 PM

Greasy grimy gopher guts . . . .


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 05:56 PM

Three Little Pigs/ Old Sow... with snort, raspberry and whistle.
Any accumulative or catalogue song. This Old Man, Barley Mow with older kids, Tree in the wood, Herring's Head. Any of the farmyard songs. Some good kids songs on the Yorkshire Garland website. Old Johnny Walker, T' Awd Sow's got mezzles and some more coming online shortly.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: ranger1
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 06:04 PM

Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of Castlebay do a lot of neat programs in schools, many having to do with sea music. Here's a link to their school program page. Their contact info is on the website, too.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Willa
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 06:29 PM

Roy Bailey's CD'Why does it have to be me?'is good; tracks include 'Kangaroos like to Hop' 'Skin' and 'Song of the Clock'- all Leon Rosselson songs (don't know whether Leon has them on CD). They all lend themselves to actions.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 13 Jun 09 - 06:46 PM

Off the top of my head:

The Titanic ("Oh they built the ship Titanic...")
Boil Them Cabbage Down
I've Been Everywhere
On Top of Spaghetti
Teddy Bears Picnic
The Garden Song ("Inch by inch, row by row...")
This Little Light of Mine
Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Set on Freedom
Oh Mary Don't You Weep
Mail Myself To You ("I'm gonna wrap myself in paper...")


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Melissa
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 02:45 AM

echo songs are good for counter-acting distraction and/or frustration. I usually start with echo songs to sort of get an idea of what the group is like.

Found a Peanut
My hat it has three corners
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Dora had a camel (which I think may be properly called 'Doris the camel?)
Father Abraham
Farmer in the Dell
Mairzy doats

If the kids have a great time with you (no doubt they will) they'll be singing bits and phrases of the songs at home. You might want to save the tacky/gross ones for late in the program..after the parents have had a chance to form a high opinion of you.

It sounds like a fun project!


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Cool Beans
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 02:39 PM

Jig Along Home (Woody Guthrie)
Baby Beluga (Raffi)is always a hit
I Want to Go Back to My Little Grass Shack
Grandpa's Farm is another good moo- cluck- and quack-along
Have a birthday song prepared, in case it's anyone's birthdy.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 04:44 AM

RECENTLY I POSTED A REQUEST FOR KID'S SONGS TO INCLUDE IN A LIBRARY GIG

now i can't find my thread, but here are a few others...
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=6526#38766 (some song books)

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2667#11582 (children's songs)

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4300#2376205 (street songs)

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=36629#2370647 (back of bus)

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=120097#2616251 (children's lyrics)

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=119775#2600196 (jazzy 3 bears)


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 04:56 AM

Has anybody tried the new Fun With Folk site?

Its the school part of the EDFSS Take 6 project, and though the site is still building it looks really promising with some great songs, games and activities.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 05:55 AM

With little ones, action songs like 'wind the bobbin up'. With slightly olders, accumulative songs like ' I know an old lady who swalllowed a fly. Silly songs like the lady woth the alligator purse also go down a treat.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST,KP
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 06:01 AM

In our Cub Scout Group (8-11 year olds), we sing various action songs, where the young people have to do certain things at various points of the song. So, on 'My Bonny lies over the Ocean' we start sitting but stand up when we hear a word beginning with the letter B. Then sit down when the next one comes along. The chorus 'Bring back my bonny to me' prompts a lot of movement and getting out of sequence. Also in this vein we do 'Father Abraham' 'Sunshine Mountain' and 'Singing in the Rain' all with actions, and I'm working up a version of Louden Wainwright's 'Last Summer I went Swimming'. These songs are good if you are faced with a bunch of energetic/noisy 9 year olds (especially boys) - you need to burn off some of their energy before they will sit down and sing/listen to quieter songs.

Other things which can then work well are Rounds - there's a good few in the 'Rise Up Singing' book.

And then there are ballads, where there are many different protagonists. In a song like 'Sir Patrick Spens' someone can sing the line of the King, someone else do the 'bonny boy sitting at the king's right knee', another be the mermaid, and the strongest singer can be Sir Patrick Spens!

best of luck!
KP


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: jeddy
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 06:42 AM

keith donnelly songs go down very well with children, especially the ones with animal noises or sound effects,' the door slowly opened'... squeek..

good luck not only on your quest but dealing with very excited children!!! you have alot of songs to sort through here.

take care all

jade x x


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 04:55 PM

i would love to see/hear this! "I'm working up a version of Louden Wainwright's 'Last Summer I went Swimming'"

at the latter i was informal, at the former i wore my suit!


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: PHJim
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 11:53 AM

How could I have forgotten the Swimming Song. Kids seem to love it and so do adults.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 08:06 AM

More action songs

'swimming, swimming, in the swimming pool'
In a cottage in the food, farmer by his window stood, saw a rabbit running by...'

    Both these lose a line with each successive repeat. great fun for children from 3 to 103.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 05:43 PM

Songs I sing with my daughter (now aged 4)

I wish I lived in a caravan
The old woman who swallowed a fly
Froggie went a-courting
Warm as toast


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: PHJim
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 12:21 PM

My dad used to finish Frog Went A-Courtin' with:

Last to come in was a big black snake uh huh (X3)
Ate the frog and the mouse and the wedding cake uh huh...

That was the end of him and her
Now we won't have tadpoles covered in fur.

There's bread and cheese upon the shelf
If you want any more you can sing it yourself.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 10 - 05:51 PM

im in 7th grade and i still love this song!


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: Tuvya
Date: 03 Oct 17 - 10:16 AM

check the Children's Music Network... it may be all there.


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Subject: RE: good songs to sing for (and with ) kids
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 17 - 10:59 AM

There are some very good songs on Ralph McTell's album "The Complete Alphabet Zoo". The kids always enjoyed Holly the Hedgehog. But they especially liked Kenny The Kangaroo as it had a rousing chorus and they could all join in.


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