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Playsongs: Action Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713663715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713663716
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A complete guide to playing with babies and young children -- Under Five Contact

An ideal gift for a new baby. -- Early Education --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Playsongs came out of the baby music groups which I used to run when my children were babies themselves. I wanted to share songs and rhymes with my babies and through the groups I discovered that other parents and carers very much wanted to share them too. I discovered that singing with my baby wasn't just about lullabies or nursery rhymes: there was a whole wealth of interactive games you could play, with sounds to explore and language to develop together. Watching other parents and babies in the groups showed me that we all benefit from engaging in musical play with our children - it helps us communicate with the very youngest child and through mutual enjoyment of the games we can play together right from the start we gain a very special closeness. And besides the fun, these songs got me through some of the hardest times of early child rearing - those crying nights when singing the same little song over and over was the only consolation for a distraught baby,!
and one which consoled me too. The games taught me ways to engage my baby at all kinds of difficult times - and they never failed.
I compiled Playsongs from the favourites I put together for the groups - everything tried and tested by hundreds of babies and toddlers. I'm indebted to Sandra and Leon, the musicians who so beautifully - but accessibly - perform them on the CD. But these songs and rhymes are at their best when you sing them yourself - and it wont be long before baby joins in too. The babies who started it all are grown ups now, but still Playsongs goes on - new generations finding it over and over again.All the best, Sheena --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2002
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We bought this tape and book pack when our daughter was only 6 months old - far too young to start the actions, but we played the tape regularly for her to listen to. 12 months on, she now laughs with delight every time she hears the music - firstly because it is so familiar, and also because now she can enjoy and join in with the actions - peekaboo, tickling songs, bouncing, fingerplays, lullabies - they've all been thought of. Many familiar tunes are sung by both male and female voices, with or without instruments, and some more unusual songs also soon become favourites. None of them are particularly long, which means a total of 52 songs on the tape maintains interest and is very good value. Buy it - I have, for many of my friends with children !
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christine Cubbon on 19 Aug. 2002
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What a great little set, I regularly sing these songs to my children, the actions are great, the music uncluttered, perfect for young children. Lots of rhythmic text and music and songs are in sections from fingerplays to trotters! These songs are great for bonding with your baby and child. With both male and female voices it's nice for all the family to join in.Never mind getting baby clothes, get this set as a gift for a new baby or for a birthday. It will be used again and again, long after the clothes have been put away in a drawer!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2004
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My little girl, Jemma (11 months), loves these songs! I¹m so pleased to have found traditional songs, played and sung so beautifully. I¹ve found it really hard to find music for children that really appreciates that children deserve good music.
The cd has loads of action songs, and the booklet that goes with it has actions depending on the age of the child, great ideas for making instruments out of junk, and useful stuff on setting up your own local babies and toddler music group.
My daughter goes to a music play session once a week with her dad and really enjoys it. I hope this cd and booklet will inspire people to set up more music groups.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Couttsie on 4 Mar. 2007
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I felt I just had to write after reading a one star review. I bought this book/CD set a few months ago and both myself and baby (14 months) love it to bits. I didn't recognise most of the songs- great to have new material as well as the old. You can just sing along (great songs sung at thge right speed)- or it's possible to interact with your child with almost all songs- from playing peekaboo for the young ones to them using an instrument in time. My baby's already doing some of the actions herself when she hears the music. I'm a primary teacher and, would use some of the songs and musical activities with 4-6 year olds, too. I'm back on to buy one for a friend with new baby. Everyone should have a copy. I think I've said enough!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2001
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This song collection is easy and fun to use with lots of ideas which inspire toddlers and entertain babies. There is a great variety of songs, all well sung on the accompanying tape. The actions are great fun and are clearly explained in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2000
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This is a great book and tape set for children from birth to 3 or 4. It has action songs, bath-time songs, songs to move along to, songs to sit still to, interactive songs and songs to encourage listening and speech skills. My two children who are under 3 have it by their beds, and it is part of our daily life. They love it, and so do I. Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By squeezer on 28 Mar. 2011
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I bought this book just after my daughter was born - to supplement my limited range of songs for babies. I enjoy singing - but the audio tape (now CD) proved invaluable. The songs are fantastic - starting with wonderful peek-a-boo songs (very engaging) and finger play - to songs for older children (toddlers and nursery age children). There are songs to sing when out-and-about and about 'ourselves' (swing songs, putting on clothes, favourite things). My daughter was about 6 before she viewed many of the songs as 'baby' songs.
Many of the songs promote learning in other areas of music (beat and rhythm, percussion play, co-ordination, movement) and help raise self-esteem.
I would recommend this publication highly not only for parents - but also for nursery and pre-school.
If you know anyone who's about to become a parent - forget the presents of romper suits and soft toys (leave those to someone else).
Get them this publication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mouse lady on 24 May 2006
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and so do I. A mixture of familiar and unfamiliar songs, with good suggestions for actions. Useful for the very young too. It would be nice to have backing music contained on the CD in addition to demos, but on the whole an appealing collection that has clearly been tried and tested on real live children!
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