18 Educational Music Videos for Early Learning ~ Alphabet, Counting & More!

Kids learn to count, learn shapes, sing the alphabet, and practice social skills as they move to the beat!

Here are 18 music videos for early childhood to get kids grooving to the music while they learn!

1. Lets Get Fit Count to 100 by 1’s Keep Your Mind and Body in Shape!  This song is perfect when you have to get some energy out and want a good exercise video for kids.  Play this if you ever have to stay inside during recess because of the weather.

2. Thats The Way We Learn to Count to 100 by 5  Our class loves to dance to this song!  It gets stuck in your head and you’ll be singing it all day, but at least you will know how to count to 100 by 5’s!

3. Dance Party Count by 5’s  This is the favorite song in our classroom at the moment.  Kids just love to dance to this one and it’s fun to try to keep up when the song speeds up!

4. Shapes Song A nice, relaxing song about shapes. Sit and relax, and see which shapes you can identify.  Eventually you’ll learn all of the shapes by name as you sing along!

5. Climbing Up the Mountain, Counting by 10’s!  We’re climbing up this mountain from beginning to end, climbing up this mountain while we’re counting to ten! Catchy, isn’t it?  Every time I am about to count by 10s, I chant the beginning of this song as a prelude.

6 Alphabet Rock Greg and Steve – Count to 20 by 1’s.  This is a good song to use when you are getting started with teaching counting.  You can let your students take turns with a pointer and follow along on a number chart as the song plays.

7. The Leapfrog Letter Factory Alphabet Song  This music video is perfect for teaching letters and letter sounds.

8. Big Numbers Song Relaxing music and counting to 1 to 100 and all the way to a trillion!  They pick up on the end of this song before the beginning half the time, the part that goes all the way up to billion ~ they love saying those big numbers!  Some of my students hum this when they are counting to 100.  Music makes memorizing easy, what else can I say?

9. ABC Rock by Greg and Steve  For this one, I give kids turns with a pointer so they can point to the letters as they sing along.

10. Down By The Bay With Rhyming Words for Music and Movement + Rhyming Practice.  Create movements for each part of the song and teach the kids.  You can also make picture magnets for each rhyming word and stick it on the board as you sing the rhyming words.

11. The Ladybug Song by Frank Ledo A great song for teaching body parts!  Link you’re thumbs and wiggle your fingers to create an imaginary ladybug who lands on you, crawls around,  and then flies away. Perfect for All About Me Units!

12. Going on a Bear Hunt This is another popular favorite in our classroom.  Its very fun, even though it can get pretty silly and loud at the end. Just make sure your door is closed.

13. Firetruck Song by Ivan Ulz Kids love this song about firefighters, especially when you choreograph some movements to go along with the music ~ Perfect for community helper units.

14. Belly Breathe feat. Colbie Caillat and Elmo  This is a very good song that teaches kids to take belly breathes when they are feeling upset sad or anxious.  You can remind students to take belly breaths if they feel upset and reinforce the idea with this video.

15. Tidy Up The Rhumba!  When it is time to clean up,  ring a bell. Then play this. The room will be sparkling clean in no time!

16. I Can Count to 100 Count to 100 along with this fun dance song!

17. Count Backwards from 10 to 1  A cute song with a nice rhythm for counting backwards from 10 to 1.

 

18. Hello Alphabet Train  This song has a great Dance Hall style rhythm and kids can sing about letters and words as they groove!

Tips for Watching Music Videos In The Early Childhood Classroom

You can enter full screen mode by clicking the button on the bottom right of each video.  Click the button again when you are ready to exit full screen mode.

Open up the music videos in multiple tabs or windows so you can quickly go from one song to the next.

Invest in high quality speakers, they really make a difference.  Children become more engaged when the sound quality increases!

Make sure to test out each music video before you play it in your classroom. It’s good to know if the song is fast or slow so you can play the right kind of music at the right time.

Rotate fast songs with slow songs.  You can play more than one fast song in a row if your kids need to get out some extra energy, but I think it is always good to end with a calm & quiet song!

 

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Re-Purposed Construction Paper Crafts

Teach kids about reusing while you create your own paper portraits and landscapes out of scrap paper!

Recently, I happen to have a lot of construction paper on hand so that is what we used but you could get creative with any kind of paper for these.

The kids enjoyed building their art projects and it was an excellent opportunity to talk about how we can take care of the environment by re-purposing.

Here are three different ideas for making your own re-used construction paper crafts!

1. Construction Paper Portraits

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You can make this construction paper portrait by cutting out the face and neck first, then cutting out the hair, shirt, and facial features to fit onto the face and neck. Then, simply glue the pieces down on a piece of black construction paper with a glue stick.

2. Torn Construction Paper Portraits

For this craft you will tear strips of paper and create a portrait.torn-construction-paper-portrait-1

Materials

  • glue sticks
  • assorted colors of scrap construction paper
  • skin colored construction paper
  • black construction paper

Directions:

torn-paper-portrait-2Start by tearing some skin colored construction paper into an oval to create the shape of a face. Tear some construction paper into a rectangle for the neck and glue it onto the back of the face. Glue the neck and the face onto a piece of black construction paper.

Tear scrap construction paper into a rectangle for the shirt and glue it into place.  Use scrap paper to make the eyes, hair, nose, mouth, and any accessories that you want to add.

 

3. Torn Construction Paper Landscapes

Tear paper into strips to create a beautiful landscape for the background of a portrait or on its own!  Below is an example of a colorful landscape  you can make out of torn construction paper.

torn paper landscape

Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks

Directions

Before you begin, figure out what kind of landscape you want to create.  Will you be creating a desert or a mountain landscape? Maybe something else? What time of day will it be in your picture? Next, decide what colors you will be using.  You can even use pictures from a magazine as inspiration!  Now your ready to begin!

1. Choose a color for the sky in your picture.  Place this piece in front of you. This piece will be the background that you glue all the other pieces to.

2. Begin by tearing a strip of paper  for the top part of your landscape.   Tear it so it is the same width as the background.  Position it a couple of inches from the top, leaving enough room for the sky.  Don’t glue anything down yet!

3. Continue to tear and arrange pieces of construction paper until you are done adding the mountains, plains, and hills.

4. Tear a circle shape for the moon or sun

5. Adjust and arrange the construction paper until it is the way you want it.

6. Glue each torn strip to the background piece, starting with the highest paper strip and working your way down. Tuck in the sun or moon behind the top piece and glue it down to complete your beautiful picture!

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

baa baa black sheepToday’s featured song is Baa, Baa Black Sheep, a classic children’s song,  first printed in 1744 in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, the oldest surviving collection of English language nursery rhymes.

 

Baa, Baa Black Sheep Lyrics

Baa, baa black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three bags full!

 

One for my master

One for my dame

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane

 

Baa, baa black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three Bags Full!

 

Printable Song Sheet

baa baa black sheep printable song

Download the Baa Baa Black Sheep Printable Song Lyrics from TeachersPayTeachers.com

 

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Where is Thumbkin

Today’s lyrics are to the young children’s song, Where is Thumbkin.  This song helps young kids become familiar with the names of their fingers.

Music & Movement

Traditionally, a peek-a-boo-ish activity goes along with this song.  Hide your fingers and hands behind your back, then introduce a finger from one hand, then the other, as you sing each verse.

Where is Thumbkin Lyrics

Where is Thumbkin Image

Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Pointer?

Where is Pointer?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Middle?

Where is Middle?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Ring Man?

Where is Ring Man?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Pinky?

Where is Pinky?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

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