To step or To leap (childrens songs to sing)

Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and it is a great time to start discussions with preschoolers about Nature, Seasons, New life.  So many topics can be covered in Spring.

At Rhythm Rumble we are starting a new lesson focus on intervals.  An interval is how many steps between 2 notes for example the leap from C to E is a 3rd.  Or a step from C to D is a  2nd.  The easiest way to teach leaps and steps to preschoolers is to SING.

We have found songs with simple repetitive lyrics that are written with leaps and steps. A great to demonstrate the change in notes is to use the body as a visual and physical cue on how to sing each note.  To make it easier to understand I have included some of the songs here below:

Spring Song: Using the tune of The Farmer In The Dell is a familiar tune but also consist solely of 2nd and 3rd’s( in other words leaps and steps)

The Sun is shining bright
The Sun is shining bright
Oh how I love the warmth
The sun is shining bright

The rain is falling down
The rain is falling down
Oh how I love the sound
The rain is falling down

The flowers start to bloom
The flowers start to bloom
Oh how I love the sight
The flowers start to bloom

To view the musical notation you can check it out on my Pinterest page here Farmer In The Dell music

Another great song which is related to Spring is

I’m Bringing Home  Baby Bumblebee, we use castanets instead of hand gestures to link motor skills and tap out the regular beat of the piece.  I have also linked the music notation hereI’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumble Bee  so you can see the leaps and steps the children sing.  The lyrics are below:

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Ouch! he stung me

I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Wont my mummy be so proud of me?
I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Eww my hands are sticky

I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Mmmm he’s yummy

Another great idea to teach children to hear the different intervals is to sing solfege

Do Rei Me Fai So etc and assign a body part to each note such as:

Do = feet
Rei= knees
Me = hip
far = tummy
So = shoulders

You could play Musical Simon Says and sing a tune such as Do Do Me (Feet, Feet, Hip)  Children always love a game and is a great way to encourage them to use their voices.

I hope you enjoy our Springtime songs and games

Happy music making

Lola

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