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Play School Artists


Some of the most popular children’s music artists in Australia are cast members of ABC’s Play school. In fact, a CD from one (or all) of these people – Justine Clarke, Jay Laga’aia and Georgie Parker – can be found in a great number of Australian families’ favourite playlists.

The multi-talented Justine Clarke is the Australian queen of children’s music. Her CDs are all best sellers and have won numerous awards.

Songs to Make You Smile is Clarke’s follow up to her hit debut album I Like to Sing. Equally engaging, Songs to Make you Smile is a musical journey through different sounds and moods – a rockabilly swing to of ‘Mrs Knife and Mr Fork’, the rock sounds of ‘Jelly Jelly Jelly’ and the James Taylor-esque lullaby ‘Creatures Of The Rain And Sun’. Clarke infuses her songs with different musical influences that are equally appealing to adults as much as children. Two of the most popular songs on this album are ‘Dinosaur Roar’ and ‘Imagination’, which both encourage movement and are ideal for use in early education settings.

Jay Laga’aia brings his big presence and his Samoan heritage to his debut album Come Dance and Sing, which was released in 2007 to much critical acclaim. Laga’aia, a father of eight and a veteran Play School presenter, communicates the simple pleasures of play, family and community in this album. Some highlights are the upbeat ‘Welcome’, the lively ‘We are Family’ and the very funny ‘Teeth and Hair’. There are also several songs that can be used for whole group activities like ‘Kangaroo’ and ‘Hopping song’.

Laga’aia’s second album I can Play Anything encourages children to join along with him singing and dancing and best of all to use their imagination. Like his fellow presenter Justine Clarke, Laga’aia pays tribute to his favourite musical influences like James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bob Marley and James Taylor in the fun songs on this album. And as always, he also honours his Polynesian roots in the songs including ‘Party Down By the Sea’ and ‘Floating Away’.

Georgie Parker’s album Here Comes the Sun is a gentle collection of favourite songs like ‘Singing In The Rain’, ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Three Little Birds’. There’s also a fun duet with Jay Laga’aia of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ and a lovely rendition of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’.

An ideal collection of many of the beloved songs from Play School can be found on Play School Musical Fun Play School (2 for 1 CD Set). The two CDs in this pack are Oomba Baroomba and There’s a Bear in There. Ideal for childcare centres, parties and home, these albums include the classics like ‘There’s a Bear in There’, ‘Stop Look and Listen’, ‘Aiken Drum’, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’, ‘Do Your Ears Hang Low?’, ‘Little Peter Rabbit’ and ‘Miss Polly’. This is an essential collection.

There are 50 songs and stories on Play School Hip Hip Hooray. It is a wonderful collection of classic songs, contemporary favourites and delightful stories.

Familiar songs include ‘Six Little Ducks’, ‘Three Little Fishies’, ‘Shoo Fly’ and ‘Miss Mary Mack’. Some more modern songs include the upbeat ‘La Bamba’, and a rendition of ‘Rock-a-bye Your Bear’.
There is plenty of Play School fun available at Educational Esteem!


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