What are you doing this winter to help make sure your children do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, especially in the bad weather? We are listening to and dancing along with Ella Jenkins and the NEW CD, Get Moving with Ella Jenkins! My 5 year old daughter, Lorelai, loves to dance and sing. When I had the opportunity to review a CD of children’s songs that get you up singing and dancing, I knew she was my girl.
After popping the disc in, we were both happy to hear Ella Jenkins actually telling us what the song was about and how it goes BEFORE jumping into it (which would be helpful for a lot of other songs out there!) There are some songs on the disc, like the first one, Hello, that are more sing-a-long and less movement. Then there are others, like Hop, Skip, and Jump to My Lou that really get them going. And it’s fun enough for the parents to join in too! (If your kid loves to dance and sing, check out my kids teach the Tooty Ta dance, it’ll make you smile)
There’s head shaking:
Jumping, skipping, running, and clapping:
Before we knew it the 46 minute CD was over and my daughter was begging to do it again!
There is also a 36-page booklet included with this CD that I found really helpful. It includes the lyrics to all 15 songs on the disc, as well as the instructions and in some instances a little history of the the songs.
Get Moving with Ella Jenkins has officially become a daily activity in our house – some days multiple times! – and the songs are easy enough that I’ve caught her a few times singing them when the disc isn’t even playing!
For a “sneak preview” of Get Moving with Ella Jenkins, please visit: Get Moving with Ella Jenkins Preview.
You can read more about Ella Jenkins and her music by visiting Ella Jenkins Website or Smithsonian Folkways. You can also visit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on Facebook or follow Smithsonian Folkways on Twitter.