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Family Music Fun

When you have little kids, it’s important for your sanity that you have music selections for home and the car that you’ll enjoy listening to as well. Music that the whole family can enjoy is a great way to spend time with each other and also help your littlies with developing language, coordination and social skills…and don’t forget, have fun!
The Wiggles is a great place to start for family music fun and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing will appeal with its guest appearances from artists like Leo Sayer (a joyous rendition of “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”) and Aussie country singer Troy Cassar-Daley with his super-catchy tune “Old Dan Tucker”.  There’s also a funky take on Do the Bus Stop featuring Dorothy the Dinosaur (“Are You Ready?) Do the Bus Stop”) that you can’t help bopping along with.
Continuing on with the Australian music theme, iconic entertainer Rolf Harris has Sing Along with Rolf Harris Songs for kids that features the faves that adults know well like “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport”, “Jake the Peg” and “On the Road to Gundagai”. The CD also has Rolf’s versions of classics like “Never Smile at a Crocodile” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”. Rolf’s engaging style and use of quirky instruments like his famous wobble board, will ensure plenty of smiles.
Putumayo Kids presents Picnic Playground is a wonderful soundtrack for family times around the table – or the picnic blanket. This CD features global songs with a food focus. Songs from Australia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Canada and Trinidad infuse this great album with its foodie theme and provides a great tool to learn about other cultures as well as healthy eating and cooking.
Toffee Apple by Australian singer/songwriter Peter Combe has been a family favorite ever since its release in 1987. With hit songs including “Toffee Apple” and “Juicy Juicy Green Grass” Peter Combe’s music is fun, cheeky and brilliant for sing-a-longs. There are plenty of other Peter Combe CDs at Educational Esteem to add to your family music collection like Best Friends that has enticing song titles like “The Grand Old Duke of York (The Rest of the Story)” and “Oscar & Mr Hairy Gorilla”. You are definitely in for an experience with a Peter Combe CD.
Anything by Susie Tallman lends itself to family music fun, especially Children’s Songs: A Collection of Childhood Favourites. Susie Tallman has a fresh take on favourites like “Old Macdonald’s Farm” (a brontosaurus lives on this farm), “The Alphabet Song” , “Pop Goes the Weasel” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”. This will provide many happy sing-a-longs in the car on road trips.
For a theatrical treat Centre Stage from ABC for Kids introduces little ones to some of the finest and beloved show tunes like “Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins), “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” (Annie) and “My Favourite Things” (The Sound of Music). It may just encourage the inner-thespian in your child!

 

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