Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Christmas Songs

Songs are an ever present part of Christmas from Slade to Ding Dong Merrily on high, and of course the cheesy children's classics. Here are a couple of songs that were on our shelves this years and have been particularly popular particularly the tree one, Snowmen were last year's favourite.

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star
(tune of Twinkle Twinkle)
Twinkle twinkle Christmas star
Wise men know what you are
Guided by your shining light
Helped them on there way at night
Twinkle twinkle Christmas star
Wise men know what you are.

Ten little Gold Stars
(tune of Ten Little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little gold stars,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little gold stars,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little gold stars
10 little gold stars for....(child's name)
Children taking it in turns to give them to their friends.
Five Christmas Trees
(tune of Five Current Buns)

Five Christmas trees in the garden shop
Tall and spiky with a star on top
Along came.... (child's name)
With some money one day
Bought a Christmas tree and took it away

I purposefully made it "money" rather than penny in the hope that it would encourage children to say how much a tree would cost. My expectations were exceeded and we went as far as adding the right coins together and giving change some times we don't give children enough credit.
Five little snowmen fat
Each had a funny hat
Out came the sun and Melted one
What a funny thing was that.

Four little...

I either get children to draw a sun on a piece of paper e.g. "Oh no, we haven't a sun we'd better make one quick" usually followed with "I will". Or provide them with a torch to shine it onto the chosen snowman, which is another great hand eye coordination exercise along with creating anticipation and encouraging visual tracking for other children.


“I’m a little snowman, short and fat.

Here’s my carrot nose and here is my hat.

When it’s cold and icy I will stay,

But in the sun I melt away!”

Some wonderful Christmas son ideas are available at Perpetual Preschool

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