Interactive Play with Playsongs Books and Audio for Babies and Toddlers
We make books and audio of songs and rhymes for interactive play with under-fives. Peekaboo, fingerplays, knee-bouncers, lullabies ~ we've got them all.
You'll find playful ways to fuel the energy of a child-minding day ~ changing a nappy, getting shoes on wriggly feet, splashing in puddles, and splashing in the bath. What a day! Time to get to sleep with a lullaby - or a back-patting croon to help with baby's colic.
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This week's playsong ~ Shoudin boats
Shoud is an old Scots word for rock or sway. Shoudin boats ~ show boats ~ were a great attraction at the old fairs. Take the corners of a little blanket firmly in your hands with baby snuggled inside, carefully lift your shoudin boat a little off the ground and gently rock back and forth between your legs. The tune is A Pair o' Nicky Tams, played here for us by Sandra Kerr, Nancy Kerr and Tom Wright.
Dressing Song ~ All by yourself
from the Playsongs Grand Day Out collection
Zips, buttons, which way up, which way round ~ all those problems for a little toddler to master, just to get a coat on. We've got songs and rhymes to help with getting dressed. Here's an encouraging one from Playsongs Grand Day Out.
Dance ~ Five Little Owls
from the Five Little Owls collection
Dancing with a babe-in-arms, or hand in hand with a just-standing toddler is one of the great joys of playing together. Our collections are full of dance opportunities and this one comes from Five Little Owls, our counting song collection.
Fingerplay ~ Mousie Brown
from the Playsongs Grand Exercise collection
The dexterity to manage a fingerplay develops slowly, but you can caress baby's fingers, and tap your toddlers fingertips to support them as they learn how to work their fingers independently. Our collections all have fingerplays. Some are so simple; others have hand actions like this one from Playsongs Grand Exercise.
Croon ~ The Mailboat
from the Sleepytime Playsongs collection
Croons are a simple, repetitive sing-song type of lullaby. They have a calming effect on a little baby. They also have a calming effect on the parent or carer so they're mutually benefitial, particularly on those wakeful nights. All our collections of songs and rhymes include croons like this from Sleepytime Playsongs.