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Triple Playlist Share: Holidays Galore!

Today we’re sharing THREE of our “Favorites” Spotify Playlists! It doesn’t matter whether it’s winter or summer where you live, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or even just love this time of year – we have a playlist for you!

Winter Holiday Favorites

This playlist features a variety of songs celebrating the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa holidays that are celebrated this month, plus some winter classics! It includes a mix of instrumental, jazz, pop, classical, dance, folk and children’s musical styles, providing you with a wide variety of ideas and inspiration to bring to your classes this season. Enjoy!

Winter Christmas Favorites

Celebrate Christmas with our wintery Christmas favorites, created by Intellidance® Advisory Board Member and Certified Instructor Liahona Walus. This new playlist is perfect for our friends living in the northern hemisphere! Included are family-friendly classics with a mix of instrumental, classical, folk, relaxation and children’s musical styles songs, providing you with inspiration for the entire holiday season.

Summer Christmas Favorites

This one is for our southern hemisphere friends! Celebrate Christmas in the summertime with this new Summer Christmas Favorites Playlist, created by Intellidance® Advisory Board Member and Certified Instructor Liahona Walus. Enjoy a mix of summery classics and children’s musical styles songs in your classes this month!

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Intellidance® Freeze Dance Favorites

Intellidance® Instrument Play-Along Songs

Intellidance® Cuddle and Relax

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Baby Shark: Speed and Tempo Rhythm Stick Activity for Young Children

????Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo????

I know, I know, some of you are probably sooooo over Baby Shark… the same way we needed to Let It Go ALREADY a few years ago!

But if you can grin and bare it, these “ear worm” songs can be very beneficial for young children.

Using familiar songs to work on new skills is very supportive of young children’s learning and success. Through repeated listening, children create strong neural connections to the song, allowing them to predict and anticipate what comes next in the music.

Repeated listening also impacts the reward centre of the brain, releasing dopamine, leaving children feeling GOOD! This combination of predictive recall and happy emotional state is optimal for practicing a new skill!

If you don’t have rhythm sticks at home, you can use:

  • chopsticks
  • pencils
  • paper towel rolls
  • wooden dowels/spoons
  • sticks from your backyard

Keeping the beat activities also support your young child’s language development and motor skills development! ~ Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

Intellidance® Spotify Playlist: Animal Movement Songs for Young Children

Young children are endlessly fascinated by the natural world! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In preschool, many children will independently engage in imaginative play based on animals. My own daughters spent hours and hours fully immersed in their “kitty cat club house” game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As I always try to meet my students where they are at, animal based dance and music activities are a big part of my preschool curriculum. Animal focused movement is a wonderful way nurture creative expression in young children. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With that in mind, I’ve put together a brand new Intellidance® Spotify Playlist: Animal Movement Songs!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This playlist features 30 of my favourite animal themed songs for young children to stomp, slither, fly, and have a roaring good time!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can take a listen at: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6qp2kZQLgpfTF2ThOSex8W…
I hope you enjoy!

~Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

Home Made Instruments for Preschool Children

Having different instruments to play on hand is a ton of fun, but what can be even more fun is getting our kiddos involved in the making process of the instruments. This offers so many great moments for skill practice, like decorating and gluing using those fine motor muscles, scooping skills, following in instructions, as well as lessons in timbre (how an instrument sounds based on what we choose to fill it with) and of course, creativity! 

As someone who is very passionate about reusing and recycling, we always have a bunch of things lying around that can easily be turned into instruments with just a bit of creativity, in fact I didn’t have to shop at a store for any of these items! 

So my first tip is to search your home, we found paper plates to be turned into drums and guitars, popsicles sticks and elastics to turn into kazoos, and of course the pantry is full of things to fill those leftover eggs from last Easter with to make our very own shaker eggs. See below on how we made each of these very fun instruments all on our own. 

All these items can also easily be found at your local craft or dollar store. 

Paper Plate Shaker Drums 

Have your kids decorate two paper plates.

Fill with a small amount of larger items, like beans, beads, or here you can see chickpeas was the filler of choice. 

Have an adult staple the sides of the plates together so that they create a hallow inside (backs of plates facing out) Make sure to staple close enough so none of those beans find their way all over the house. 

Now you have your very own shaker and drum! (This is definitely a favourite of all the ones we made.) 

Popsicle Stick Kazoo

**This activity has many different ways to do it all over the internet. As a mom of a son who has some difficulties with getting the breath out of his mouth only, this is a VERY fun way to practice not letting the air escape through the nose. Most of the original activities use two elastics on each end and toothpicks. However, I didn’t like the idea of my two young kiddos running around with sharp toothpick kazoos, so I adapted it as follows. 🙂 

Decorate two popsicle sticks. 

Cut a piece of paper in a strip so that it fits between the popsicle sticks. 

Wrap the elastic band on one end, not too tightly so that it will stay together but not sit too flat together. 

You can blow air through it at different places and it will make a fun buzzing sound, just like a kazoo! 

Paper Plate Guitars

Typically this can be done with empty tissue boxes, but because we didn’t have any of those lying around we tried it on paper plates. 

Wrap elastics at different points around the paper plate (we tried with big and small plates) 

Strike the elastics one at a time or all at once for a fun guitar sound! 

DIY Egg Shakers

Don’t we all love those pop open eggs for Easter! (Just me with tons in my basement?) 

Grab a few and offer a few different fillers. Lentils, rice, and different types of beans or even beads will all give different sounds. 

*This is an excellent way to explore timbre (the way an instrument sounds) by having your kids choose what they want inside all by themselves. 

Fill with one or a variety of fillers. 

Close shut and I suggest taping too around the seam, unless you want beans all over your house. 

Shake, shake, shake away! 

My boys had SO MUCH FUN creating these instruments and played them for days and days. Every time I would pop on a Spotify playlist they grabbed them and were ready to be their very own marching band. 

For this activity I thought it would also be fun to go through the recycling box and leave out a few open ended containers, my kids had a lot of fun doing whatever they wanted with these ones! Most turned into more shakers but it offered even more ways to be creative and talk about how things sound! 

Home made instruments preschool DYI Music

Of course, we are also big fans of pulling out bowls, spoons, cups, or any safe kitchen items to make into instruments too. 

Let’s see what you come up with from your house! Don’t forget to share and tag us on social media @intellidanceclasses on Instagram and Intellidance® Classes on Facebook. We can’t wait to see your very own instruments! 

As always, don’t forget to have FUN on purpose!

~ Written by Liz Driedger, Certified Intellidance® Teacher, Sherwood Park Canada