Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

Posted under Songs and Music

24Oct
waldorf verses for morning tea

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

Paper Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

Posted under Dolls

1Mar
Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

30 Days of Dolls: Paper finger puppet dolls for storytelling No. 12: A Finger Family for Nursery Rhyme Fun In my quest to make a variety of dolls in this 30 days of dolls series, I wanted to be sure to make dolls out of all kinds of materials. Doll making doesn’t have to be limited to using fabric or…

Sing while you work (bake)!

Posted under Kids in the Kitchen

26Feb
SING WHILE YOU BAKE

Sing while you work.  Or better yet… SING while you BAKE! I believe in letting children join in as soon as possible.   Not just in the ‘nice’ tasks such as baking and bread making, but in helping you to hang out washing, sweep floors, wash windows, polish tables- in fact, just about anything. Children love to pass you pegs,…

The Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix

Posted under Christmas

21Dec
the little drummer boy

The Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix Oooh, the harmonies!   If you haven’t yet heard this version of The Little Drummer Boy, then you are in for a treat. It does mean having to close your eyes occasionally during the cringe-worthy moments on the film clip (there’s a bit of fancy-pants earnest face-pulling, staring up to the heavens eye-action, and…

Have you seen this Christmas Flash Mob songs medley?

Posted under Christmas

20Dec
christmas flash mob songs

  Have you seen this Christmas Flash Mob songs medley? The fastest way for me to find a bit of Christmas spirit or cheer is to listen to Christmas carols. I’ve made a fabulous playlist on Spotify (do you have Spotify? oh my, it has changed the way I listen to music…) I’ve been listening to Mariah Carey, George Michael…

Spring Songs For Kids Youtube: “I Like The Flowers”

Posted under Songs and Music

29Oct
spring songs for kids youtube

 Watch Amber sing a spring song for kids on Youtube   Whenever I hear a lovely tune, there is nothing worse than being unable to recall it later. So now, I’ll often sing it into my iphone so I remember it. Doing this helps me to keep the song tune as close to the original as I can. You see,…

27. Singing with kids for joy-filled days

Posted under 30 Days of Awesome Parenting

27Jun
singing with kids

30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Photo source Tip 27: Singing with kids for joy-filled days I’ve been singing with kids since I was 18 years old but about 15 years ago, I began singing in a different way. I learned to sing as a way of life, rather than as a time filler in my busy…

Winter songs: My Lantern, My Lantern

Posted under Songs and Music, Winter

21Jun
winter songs

Winter songs: My Lantern, My Lantern (author unknown)   I love winter songs, especially sweet simple winter songs that can be sung in a round with small children during Lantern walks or candlelit spiral celebrations.  This song is one that we sang at my son’s Winter kindergarten festival.  How lovely it was to sing this lovely melody over and over…

The Autumn Star Fairies Song for children

Posted under Songs and Music

21Apr
star apple puppet show

The Autumn Star Fairies Song on Youtube There are some songs for children that just capture your attention and melt your heart.  This song, The Autumn Star Fairies, is one of those!  I just love it. Ned’s teachers at school sing this song, and he has been singing it at home for weeks. I’m so pleased that they were happy…

Jacaranda Tree circle or transition game for home, playgroup or kindergarten

Posted under Games

22Nov

Something new!  Oh, what fun!! MamaMoontime readers often ask me for audio and video footage of games, songs and stories I share. Now, I can do it! This is my favourite Jacaranda song.  Every year, when the jacaranda trees bloom in these parts, this song jumps right back into my head. I dare say I’ll probably be singing it in…

Outdoor Playground Ideas: music, worm farms, mudpits, and chalk drawing walls

Posted under Outdoors

6Jul

Wow! Can you imagine an outdoor playground with all these things? *a music tree *a teepee     a worm farm (oh, those juicy worms!) a veggie bed a mud pit a bike and car track paint and chalk walls a bamboo screen cubby moveable features and differing terrain. Future planning includes: tube telephones a moveable series of connecting pipes…

How to make perfect bread dough, and a bread baking song

Posted under Recipes

20Mar

Yippee! Finally, a recipe that works every time to make the most delicious bread rolls! Just mix it all together, then knead it and let it rise for 30 minutes in a warm spot in the kitchen. Knead it for a second time after the rise. Ingredients: 500 gram best quality flour you can find (I use Kialla wholemeal stoneground…

Unique circle games and party games for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted under Games

15Mar

Here are some games you might like to try! (Also, great for use in family day care, childcare, preschool and the early classroom years at school) Why not use a game to make your way from dinner to the bath, or lunch to rest? The fun of the game, especially when played at the same time each day for a…