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Farm Themed Books and Music for Children


A farm is full of life and inspiration for children. Some of the best-loved children’s songs are about farms (Old Macdonald Had a Farm, anyone?).

In Play School on the Farm DVD, the much-loved team explore the animals that live on farms through song, dance, stories and activities. Presenters Justine Clarke, Matt Passmore and Karen Pang take little viewers on a journey of a farm – Justine and Matt set up a play farm, real sheep come to visit the Play School set and the toys enjoy a game of cricket. Songs to sing along to include “Old McDonald”, “Little Boy Blue”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”. Read more

Dance Music For Kids

Children love to dance and movement is an important – and fun – way for young ones to become aware of their bodies and encourage cognitive development.

Universal Children’s Audio (UCA) is a publisher of great music and resources for the early years. They are one of our favourites at Educational Esteem. Based in New Zealand (a leader in early childhood education) UCA is dedicated to creating music just for children and it does a range of titles from dance, to storytelling and relaxation. The collections are categorised by native NZ birds – each one signifying a range of CDs for example, the fantail introduces dancing and moving, which is what this blog post is all about! Read more

Animal Songs for Kids

What child doesn’t love learning about animals? Animals provide great opportunities for children to learn about sounds, movements, the environment and caring for others.

Educational Esteem has lots of resources on animals. A great place to start is Sing A Song about Animals, from Tessarose, which is perfect for ages 2-5. This CD has lots of songs and dances about all sorts of animals – zebras and lions from the wilds of Africa, farm animals and Aussie creatures. New Zealanders Tessa Grigg and Brian Ringrose – Tessarose – are experienced specialists in using music as the medium for children to learn. Read more

Music for Rhythm Sticks

The song goes ‘hit me with your rhythm sticks…’ and musical sticks really are a great, fun, educational resource for children. Rhythm sticks, also known as Lummi sticks – after the Lummi Native American people – are cylindrical sticks used as a musical instrument.

These sticks are a popular activity in preschool and primary schools and Educational Esteem has plenty of resources for ages three to eight.

Lummi Sticks from Kimbo International is a CD collection of 12 routines for parents and teachers to use with children. Lummi activities are simple, repetitive and fun – the routines develop fine and gross motor skills, increase listening skills and promote a rhythmic awareness. Tracks include ‘Are You Happy?’, ‘Tap Together’ and ‘Be a Tapper’ – lots of fun for group activities. Read more

Susie Tallman

Susie Tallman is the founder of Rock Me Baby Records and produces music for children that parents will love too. The American, classically-trained singer has won many awards from music and parenting organisations that recognise Susie’s passion for music education and enjoyment.

A must-have CD for parents is Lullabies for Sleepy Eyes – probably one of Susie’s best-known collections. On Lullabies for Sleepy Eyes Susie does folk-renditions of lullabies from Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Yiddish, French and Australian traditions. The gentle music is soothing for children and parents who will love the soft melodies with instruments like piano, dobro, guitar, harmonica, and violin. Highlights of the CD are ‘Hush Now, My Baby’, ‘Toora, Loora Loora’ and ‘Summertime’. Read more

Kids Just Love Dinosaurs

It’s almost a given that most kids – at some stage of their childhood – are going to go through a stage of loving dinosaurs. (Some may even grow up to be palaeontologists?!)
Well, indulge your kids’ love of dinos with lots of fun songs that’ll get you romping and stomping.
A great place to start is Sing a Song about Dinosaurs, aimed at ages 2 to 6. This CD is filled with fun songs about dinosaurs – naming them and provoking thoughts about what they and their environment must have been like. There’s also Wee Sing Dinosaurs, perfect for 2 to 8 year olds. Have fun listening to a children’s choir singing factual songs about all kinds of dinosaurs, with some silly songs along the way. Upbeat and informative songs with roaring great sound effects. Little dino fans will love this! Read more

Animals in Children’s Music

Teaching children about animals not only improves literacy through reading and songs but it also promotes compassion and a sense of wonderment about the world around them.
Educational Esteem has lots of resources to entertain little ones with songs and tales of creatures great and small.

Kids Just Love…Animals by Wendy Jensen and Janet Channon has 10 tracks of animal-inspired songs from a spider to an elephant, tropical fish to a monkey. There’s also Sing a Song about Animals for ages 2-5 that has songs and dances about animals – wild animals like zebras and lions, to farm animals, this CD is lots of fun for kids and adults alike to move and groove to. Read more

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full. 

One for my master
And one for my dame
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
Recommended Products:

Animal Carnival
Mike Jackson Bedtime Songs (All Ages)
Play School – Sing-A-Long Songs