Playsongs Movies are Specially made for Babies and Toddlers
We've made some of our Playsongs rhymes and songs into (ad-free) movies specially for babies and toddlers.
They're designed to engage babies without overwhelming them.
Watch them together in a quiet moment with a cup of tea.
This little face toucher helps little babies with 'you' 'me' differentiation. Touch each part of baby's face and touch your own in turn. Older babies will start to touch your face and later will touch their own faces in response to the words.
There was a little mouse
Cup baby's hand in yours and trace a circle round her palm with your finger. That's the little mouse sitting in a chair. 'Miaow' then run your fingers up baby's sleeve to tickle her ear.
Here are the candles red white and blue
Hold up your fingers to make the candles, wiggle them as they flicker, then 'blow' them out - catching baby's face or hair with your puff.
This is Bill Anderson, this is Tom Sim
Your baby or toddler sits on your knee facing outwards. Hold one of their legs in each of your hands - waggling one for Bill and the other for Tom. Criss-cross them over each other as Bill and Tom fall over each other, then faster and faster as they roll down the hill.
The elephant goes like this like that
Sway baby slowly on your knee from side to side as the elephant stomps along. Rub her fingers, toes and nose. Toddlers enjoy making their arms wave like trunks.
Chop chop chop chop
Rhythm sticks or long bricks can be your carrot and knife. 'Chop' the carrot in time with the rhyme to make an intriguing sound for a little baby. Toddlers can play along with the rhyme.
One to make ready
Swing a toddler into the air between two of you as you walk down the road, hand in hand. Jog a baby on your knee, swinging baby up into the air on 'away goes the mare'.
The gypsy rover
A gentle little knee-rider, lullaby or back-packing croon.
A little frog
Your thumb is the little frog. Tuck your thumb-frog into your fist and pop him out on 'OUT'.
Starting with the little finger, rub each of baby's fingers in turn. Pretend to gobble up her thumb on 'gobble gobble gobble'.
Make up simple hand actions for the three little hedghogs, ending with rolling your hands into a ball.
Pat baby's tummy to the rhythm of the song. Take a toddler's palm in yours, patting it with your fingers, then with your index finger pricking it and tracing a B.
Ring a ring a roses
Bounce baby on your lap then slip her between your knees to the floor on 'we all fall down'. 'Pick daises' into her lap and jump her back onto yours for another round. Toddlers can play the game holding hands with you and circling round together, dropping to the floor and jumping back up again.
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Bounce baby on your lap then swing baby high into the air as Jack leaps over the candlestick. Stand with a toddler facing each other and holding hands. Jump your toddler on the beat and swing up the last line.
A summertime song for blowing dandelions to tell the time. Or sing it to lullaby a baby or toddler to sleep.
Five little owls
Five, naughty little owls jump out of bed in the middle of the night to sing and dance in the moonlight. A counting song for little children, a dancing finger play for toddlers, and a knee-bouncer for babies.
An Irish knee-bouncer for energetic baby and toddler fun.
Can you play at peekaboo?
One of the oldest games ever, peekaboo is surely common to all cultures around the world. Here's our favourite, performed by Sandra Kerr and Leon Rosselson for the very first recording made by Playsongs Publications.