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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Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a touch of magic to the room!

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After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

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Directions

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1. Start out with a piece of large green construction paper.

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2. Use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the construction paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

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Torn Construction Paper Craft Ideas for Kids

Sometimes kids need to get a little destructive and tearing paper is a controlled way to get out pent up energy and practice fine motor skills!

Here are a couple ideas for creating torn paper crafts using scrap paper and glue ~ no scissors required!

Torn Construction Paper Portraits

For this craft you will tear strips of paper and create a portrait. Kids can create a self portrait or make the face of their favorite character!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 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.

 

 

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.

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Before you begin, decide on what kind of landscape you will be to creating.  Do you prefer a desert or  mountain landscape? Maybe you have an idea for something else. What time of day will it be in your picture?  Will you add trees or bodies of water?

Next, decide what colors you will be using.  You can even use pictures from a magazine as inspiration.  Now your ready to begin!

Directions

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!

I hope you enjoyed these craftivities! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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Star of David Stained-Glass Ornaments Kids Can Make!

What better way to teach your students about Hanukkah than with a fun craft?  These Star of David ornaments are made using tissue paper and popsicle sticks and are the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays.

Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own Star of David “stained-glass” ornaments!

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My four and five year olds seemed to really enjoy creating their stars.  The process of painting on the tissue paper was quite calming and meditative for myself and I think it had a similar effect on the kids.

We hung our ornaments in the windows and the sunlight shining through created a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

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Materials Needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks ~ 6 popsicle sticks for each ornament.
  • Tissue Paper ~ Various colors cut into strips and squares.
  • Bottle Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Thin string, yarn or ribbon ~ cut into 7 inch pieces

Getting The Star Frames Ready 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.

Show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, will be securely attached to the frame.

 

Making The Ornament

 

The Final Steps

After students are finished adding the tissue paper pieces, you can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Smooth out the edges and add tissue paper pieces to fill in any gaps.

Place the star ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little longer to dry.

 

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I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s. Next time I might just write names written on pieces of tape to create less waste.

 

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one laying around somewhere!

 

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Poke a small hole through the tissue paper near the inside of one of the points. A sharpened pencil works well for this.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere else the light can shine through, and showcase your Star of David’s stained-glass-like luminance!

 

 

Finished Star of David Ornament

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. it is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

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