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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A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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Three Little Pigs – Story Retelling Craftivity

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For this Three Little Pigs crafticity, kids create their own re-telling puppets and houses out of construction paper and popsicle sticks, then play with their creations.

See the pictures below for inspiration & follow the instructions to get started with your own home or classroom set!

Materials

  • Construction Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Make Three Little Pigs Puppets.

Cut circles out of pink construction paper to make each pig’s face and body.

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Add rectangles for legs. Add Eyes, Ears, and a Curly tails made out of a thin strip of curled construction paper to each puppet. Tape a Popsicle stick to the back of each puppet.

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Draw pupils, nostrils,  and mouths with a black marker.

 

2. Make The Big Bad Wolf Puppet.

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3. Make The Three Little Pigs’ houses.

Take a piece of yellow construction paper and cut out a window and a door.  Decorate  it with an orange markers so it looks like a straw house.

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Use a piece of brown construction paper to make a house made of sticks.  Add details with a brown marker.

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Create a house made of bricks.  Cut out a chimney, and draw on bricks with a red marker. Add a door knob and shutters with a black marker.

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4. Retell & Play

Kids introduce the characters to the set and play by arranging the puppets and houses in different positions.

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf Puppets

 

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Kids re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf in the classroom.

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Five Little Pumpkins – Printable Poem and Activities

Scroll down to find all sorts of Five Little Pumpkins stuff  including lyrics, a printable poem, clip art, and some YouTube videos!  The Five Little Pumpkins is a cute poem and chant for kids that has recently been made into a song as well (see the music video below).  It is a silly song that is perfect to sing around Halloween time and when kids are learning all about pumpkins in science!  There are a ton of activities that go with this cute lil poem! Below, I’ll give you a few fun lessons that you can teach to your class today!

Five Little Pumpkins

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said,  “Oh, my, it’s getting late!”

The second one said,  “There are witches in the air!”

The third one said,  “But we dont care!”

The fourth one said,  “Let’s run and run and run!”

The fifth one said,  “It’s Halloween fun!”

Then woooooo, went the wind

And out went the light

And the five little pumpkins

Rolled out of sight!

Five Little Pumpkins Clip Art

Get this clip art!

 

Five Little Pumpkins High Resolution Printable Poem

Five Little Pumpkins Printable PoemI made this printable, complete with cute clip art and lyrics.

Click the image on the right or

Click Here to Download The High Resolution Version of The Five Little Pumpkins Printable Poem from TeachersPayTeachers.com.

Watch The Five Little Pumpkins Music Video on Youtube!

Pete the Cat + Five Little Pumpkins =

Groovy.

 In case you don’t have it already..

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Here is yet another YouTube music video of The Five Little Pumpkins.

With either video, watch and learn the song lyrics and sing along with your kids.  They will love singing along and doing the movements.

If you don’t know how the movements go, just make something up! However you decide to do it, this movement and rhythm activity is sure to be a big hit with the little ones!

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