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Ship in a bottle Bagpuss episode 1

Bagpuss at Playsongs

Just a sidestep from Playsongs is the wonderful Bagpuss. The bridge between them is Sandra Kerr, who made the music for Bagpuss, and who is an inseparable part of the music of Playsongs.


We proudly offer ~ here on the Playsongs website ~ digital booklets of all the music from Bagpuss, which she created.

There are thirteen Bagpuss booklets, one for each episode. They include the musical notation of the songs and instrumentals, as well as singing and sound-making suggestions to try out at home. Join the Bagpuss Band. Try a free download here.


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Sandra says...

Together with John Faulkner,  I created the sounds, music and songs, which helped Oliver Postgate make the Bagpuss series ~ voted the best children's TV programme of all time.

Thanks to so many people's requests, I've  brought all that musical magic together here for everyone to access  and join in ~ with voices, instruments, sound-makers, hands and feet.

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Peekaboo game

Ship in a bottle
Bagpuss music from episode 1 which Emily brings a dusty old bottle into Bagpuss’s shop. When the mice have washed it and sploshed it clean, Bagpuss and his friends discover that it contains the dismantled pieces of a little ship.

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The Owls of Athens
Bagpuss music from episode 2 which....


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.

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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.

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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.  

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Leg Walker ~ One Two Three a-Leary from the Five Little Frogs collection

Walking a baby or toddler's feet for them as they sit on your knee, supports their developing body awareness. Our leg walkers often have a lift into the air at the end for added fun, like this one from Five Little Frogs.

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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.

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