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Three Valentine Cupids

Fun Valentine’s Day Fingerplays for your Family

Five Little Hearts

Five little hearts, all in a row

The first one said, “I love you so.”

The second one said, “Will you be my Valentine?”

The third one said, “I will, if you’ll be mine.”

The fourth one said, “I’ll always be your friend.”

The fifth one said, “We’ll all be friends until the very end.”

How Many Valentines?

Valentines, valentines,

how many do you see?

Valentines, valentines:

One for Father, (hold up thumb)

One for Mother, (hold up pointer)

One for Grandma, (middle finger)

One for Sister, (ring finger)

One for Brother, (little finger)

And here is one for you!

(make heart shape with both thumbs and pointer fingers)

Do You Know the Little Love Bug?

(to be sung to “The Muffin Man”)

Do you know the little love bug,

the little love bug, the little love bug?

Do you know the little love bug

who comes on Valentine’s Day?

He comes to give a hug and kiss,

a hug and kiss, a hug and kiss.

He comes to give a hug and kiss

To (child’s name) on Valentine’s Day!

Wedding

For Mom and Dad’s Enjoyment

“When you fall in love, I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” (Harlen, 8 )

“To get a girl to fall in love with you… take her out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” (Bart, 9)

“Love is foolish…..but I might try it sometime.” (Floyd, 9 )

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” (Tom, 5)

“On the first date, most people tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” Mike, 9

“Never kiss in front of other people. It’s embarrassing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours.” (Kelly, 9)

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them.” (Lynette, 9)

“Love and Marriage: It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” (Kenny, 7)

“Love; No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” (Jan, 9)

“Falling in love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” (Roger, 9)

“If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.” (Leo, 7)

“It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” (Gary, 7)

“Lovers hold hands to make sure their rings don’t fall off because they paid good money for them.” (Dave, 8 )

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8 )

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my Kindermusik Families!

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I haven’t had an opportunity recently to just surf through the varied offerings on Youtube.com.   A lot of what you view is just not really worth the time you spend there, but once in a while you find a real gem.  This is one of those.

Meet Corey Vidal, a 21-year-old video artist and official “YouTube partner” from Canada, which basically means that Youtube.com actually pays him to make videos.  He’s also a dancer, choreographer, and singer – a real Renaissance man of many talents.  This video, however, required something different from him than any he had made before. 

The first time I viewed this video, I was struck by the breadth and depth of creativity involved to produce this final product.  I mistakenly thought that Corey had taped himself singing each part, then somehow looped them all together.

The thought of one individual singing the range of all four parts was staggering, much less putting them together and overlaying them into one video of four individual parts playing simultaneously.  I didn’t know that that was exactly what I was supposed to think. 

Then I got to checking further into the video itself through information provided by Corey Vidal on the Youtube site which led me to my favorite researching website – Google.com.  What I found, amazingly enough, is that what he actually did was even more difficult than I originally thought. 

The audio track of this salute to John Williams is, in reality, from a comedic acapella group called Moosebutter, also from Canada.  According to their website, their music is “Music for Your Inner Lizard” – yes, extremely tongue-in-cheek.  🙂

moosebutter

With Moosebutter’s blessing and a collaborative effort with Corey Vidal, the four-minute+ video was first choreographed into four individual parts, and Vidal then had to learn each one perfectly in order to create the illusion of being the sole singer.  The video took more than a month to make and received 10,000 hits in the first 48 hours after posting onto Youtube. 

I will say that it’s a pretty convincing video.  If it had not been for Vidal’s own clear attribution to Moosebutter and additional links to other sites, including  11Alive News here in Atlanta, I would have been taken in.   Even after learning the truth, I am amazed at what he has done.  Tonight as I finish this post, the counter on this video is over 1,000,000 hits, more than 175,000 since I first viewed it just this morning, and it’s only been uploaded for twelve days. 

For a look at Corey’s other videos, check out his Youtube channel.  

Interested in what those lyrics to “Star Wars – an Acapella Tribute to John Williams” were?  (Yes, you did hear what you thought you did.  Those are pretty realistic “Wookie” calls.)  Visit Moosebutter here and then be sure to check out some of their other recordings – Harry Potter, for one.

You can also buy the track from them for $0.99 if you really like it.  (Got a Star Wars fan in your home?  Think Christmas gift.  They’ll love it!)

Enjoy!

H/T goes to Tabby Worthington

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Yesterday in Our Time (Away We Go!) and Village (Cock-a-Doodle Moo!) classes, I mentioned to all of my classes the importance of using your voice in fun, energizing ways to entice your child to try to imitate you, thus strengthening and developing his or her voice. 

Well, these two videos will not only amaze you, but, I hope, also give you ideas of what the human voice is capable of producing.   And, no, I’m not endorsing the product being presented.  😉

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjyWP2LfbyQ]

This spoof of the first video will not only give you additional ideas, but also some terrific laughs!  😀

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzO3LXX_8sw]

Thanks, Jeanne!

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Three Valentine Cupids

Fun Valentine’s Day Fingerplays for your Family

Five Little Hearts

Five little hearts, all in a row

The first one said, “I love you so.”

The second one said, “Will you be my Valentine?”

The third one said, “I will, if you’ll be mine.”

The fourth one said, “I’ll always be your friend.”

The fifth one said, “We’ll all be friends until the very end.”

How Many Valentines?

Valentines, valentines,

how many do you see?

Valentines, valentines:

One for Father, (hold up thumb)

One for Mother, (hold up pointer)

One for Grandma, (middle finger)

One for Sister, (ring finger)

One for Brother, (little finger)

And here is one for you!

(make heart shape with both thumbs and pointer fingers)

Do You Know the Little Love Bug?

(to be sung to “The Muffin Man”)

Do you know the little love bug,

the little love bug, the little love bug?

Do you know the little love bug

who comes on Valentine’s Day?

He comes to give a hug and kiss,

a hug and kiss, a hug and kiss.

He comes to give a hug and kiss

To (child’s name) on Valentine’s Day!

Wedding

For Mom and Dad’s Enjoyment

“When you fall in love, I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” (Harlen, 8 )

“To get a girl to fall in love with you… take her out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” (Bart, 9)

“Love is foolish…..but I might try it sometime.” (Floyd, 9 )

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” (Tom, 5)

“On the first date, most people tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” Mike, 9

“Never kiss in front of other people. It’s embarrassing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours.” (Kelly, 9)

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them.” (Lynette, 9)

“Love and Marriage: It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” (Kenny, 7)

“Love; No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” (Jan, 9)

“Falling in love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” (Roger, 9)

“If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.” (Leo, 7)

“It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” (Gary, 7)

“Lovers hold hands to make sure their rings don’t fall off because they paid good money for them.” (Dave, 8 )

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8 )

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my Kindermusik Families!

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Our Time families have been chugga-chugging, riding the rails, building tunnels, and dancing to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” for the past two weeks.  I found this video on Youtube and thought you all would enjoy seeing as well as hearing what “the old banjo” is like!  For the best sound, be sure to turn up your sound as the sound level is low in this video.  Enjoy!  😀

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcyDYf9U0q8]

Parents, when you offer your child a variety of musical genres to listen to, you are stimulating their brain in a variety of ways as well as widening their taste in music.  By giving them a “hook” of a song they recognize, you’re also providing a way to encourage them to listen to a type of music they might not be familiar with.  Be sure to check out the Sonific Songspot in the righthand column for another different jazz version of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” 

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Turkey 

Ten Turkeys

Ten fat turkeys standing in a row
(hold up ten fingers)

They spread their feathers and tails like so
(spread fingers)

They strut to the left

They strut to the right
(move fingers left and right)

They say Gobble, gobble, gobble

in the bright sunlight!

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Just received this Halloween song that was new to me.  It would be great to sing while carving your perfect Jack-o-Lantern!

Carving a Pumpkin for Halloween

(Sung to the tune of “Sing a Song of Sixpence”)

First you take a pumpkin
Big and round and fat
Then you cut the top off
That will make the hat
Then you hollow out the
nose and mouth and eyes
Show it to the children for a Halloween SURPRISE!

(Thanks, Michelle!)

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