Songs

  • In this song there’s a big family get-together at Christmas. So your child will learn the English words for the names of all the members of the family, from aunt to grandmother, not forgetting the cousins, the brothers and sisters........

    image family reunion

    Listen to the song

     

    Games based on this song

    decoupe reunionGame A

    There is a lot of vocabulary in this song. Don’t expect the children to learn all the words straight away, it’s better to concentrate on the members of the family cell.

    Have you got any playing cards?

    To teach the names of the members of some of the family I have often played “pelmanism” with the cards from the game “Menteur”

    Game B

    You ca n also use the cards from a game of Happy Families ( this depends on the pack).

    Game C

    Ask the children to draw their family. Take the drawings and ask them in English, « who is it? ». Tell them the name of each relation in English.

    Game D

    Ask one of the children to think of the name of a member of the family (not the name of someone in his own family!). He whispers it in your ear. Then the other children try to guess who he is thinking of. They put their hands up and when the child says their name they ask “is it cousin?” or “is it grandma?” etc. The child who gives the right answer is the next to get the others to guess his word.

  • We all feel a bit under the weather from time to time, we have a cough, a cold.... In this amusing action song your child will learn how to name these everyday ailments in English, how to say he keeps scratching, sneezing....

    doctor

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    Games based on this song

    This is an action song. In each verse there is a new “illness”, and at a precise moment in the song the child does an action to show what is wrong.

    decoupe doctorGame A

    In the first verse, the singer explains « I can’t stop sneezing », and sneezes in a very British way, i.e. saying “atishoo” at the space provided for this moment in the music. In the following verses the singer coughs, has hiccups, and scratches EVERYWHERE.

    Game B

    A visit to the doctor can be an excuse for a lot of role play. You can do the following with a group of children who have already done a certain amount of English.

    Here is a sketch for a family of three: the father, the mother and the ill child.

     You write a phone number on a piece of paper.

    Child : Mummy, Daddy, I can’t stop sneezing ! The child sneezes

    Mummy : Daddy, phone the doctor !

    The child sneezes

    Daddy : what’s the number ?

    Mummy : she reads the number on the piece of paper. In English you read out a phone number digit by digit, so it isn’t difficult. For the zero, you read « Oh ».

    Daddy ((pretending to telephone): ): Doctor, doctor, (he names the child) can’t stop sneezing

    The child sneezes

    Doctor : see me quick.

    You can act out the scene of the visit to the doctor in the same way with sentences said by the doctor such as:

    « open your mouth », « show me your tongue », « say aaah », “ this medicine is for you” et des phrases dites par le malade telles que :

    « this medecine is horrible »…

     

  • This is a very bright and lively song which will encourage your child, in English, to clap his hands and stamp his feet in time to the music, it’s a song to get the girls and boys to dance.

    dance

     

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    Games based on this song

    decoupe danceIt’s an action song.

    For « Come on girls, come on boys » the singers call the other children making beckoning movements with both hands.

    They dance in time to the music during the rest of the song.

    Next, they clap their hands and stamp their feet, and they dance until the end of the song.

    Game A

    You can vary the actions by adding vocabulary. For example, instead of saying “clap your hands”, say “brush your hair” in each verse. Of course the children must learn the meaning of these new words and the appropriate actions before they begin.

    Here are some possibilities:

    A – brush your teeth

    B – shut your eyes

    C – pat your head

    D – brush your hair

  • This is a song to take into the bathroom with you, because your child will learn the English words for all the parts of the body, from the arms and the legs, the hands and the feet, right up to his bottom! He won’t manage to do the actions without laughing, and it’s a great fun moment to share with him.

     

    in the bath1

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    In the bath I wash my arms and my legs, my arms and my legs, my arms and my legs
    In the bath I wash my arms and my legs, my arms and my legs and my bottom.

    In the bath I wash my hands and my feet, my hands and my feet, my hands and my feet,
    In the bath I wash my hands and my feet, my arms and my legs and my bottom.

    In the bath I wash my face and my neck, my face and my neck, my face and my neck,
    In the bath I wash my face and my neck, my hands and my feet, my arms and my legs and my bottom.

    In the bath I wash my tummy and my back, my tummy and my back, my tummy and my back,
    In the bath I wash my tummy and my back, my face and my neck, my hands and my feet, my arms and my legs and my bottom.

    Games based on this song

    decoupebathThis is an action song. While you sing, you “wash” the part of the body that is being named in English. At the end of each verse, you turn round to wash your bottom.

    Game A

    The children are standing up. You ask them in English to touch one of the parts of the body named in the song: « touch your feet, touch your face, » etc... The first child to do the correct action wins, and he is the person who gives the next order.

    Game B

    You need a sheet of paper on which the different parts of the body mentioned in the song are drawn. You can therefore either draw a whole body or separate the different parts. You also need a coloured crayon. For a group that already knows the names of the colours in English, you can add crayons of several different colours. You designate a child to start the game. This child says to another of his choice in English, that he must colour a part of the body, for example “colour the legs”. If the group is able to do so, they can be asked to colour with a particular colour, for example: « colour the face pink », « colour the feet yellow », etc. The child who does the colouring becomes the next child to ask another child the next colouring, and so on until all the parts of the body mentioned in the song have been coloured in.

  • There’s mooing, baaing and neighing,..... in a song full of the atmosphere of the farmyard, your child will learn the English for the names of half a dozen farm animals. Play with him, get him to listen to the song and name the animals he hears. Then, help him to associate the name in English with the sound that the animal makes and, Bob’s your uncle, (!) you’ll have enabled him to memorize these new words.

    listen to the animals1

    Listen to the song

     

    Games based on this song

    decoupe animals

    Game A

    You need pictures of the six animals named in the song. You can draw them yourself, or ask children, if they are good enough, to draw them themselves. Of course you can also find animal pictures on internet.

    Each child must have only one of the pictures. In a group of more than six children; more than one child can share the same picture. The children sing along to the song and when they hear the animal noise, the child with the relevant picture must hold it up and show it to the others. He mustn’t forget to put down his picture when he hears the next animal.

     

    decoupe animals1

    Game B

    This game is based on the noises animals make.

    The teacher chooses a child. This child starts the game by making the noise of one of the six animals mentioned in the song, and finishing by asking “What am I?”. The children who think they know the answer raise their hands. The child who made the noise chooses one of these children, who says “are you a ....?” and names in English the animal he is thinking of. The first child answers either “yes, I am”, or “no, I’m not”. If the second child has given the right answer, it is his turn to make an animal noise, if not another child is asked by the first child to make a guess.

    Given that many children know the words “cat” and “dog”, you can add these to the names already in the game.

    For your information, the noises animals make in English are as follows:

    The horse neighs, or whinnies, the pig honks, the cow moos, the hen clucks, the duck quacks and the sheep baas ! The dog woofs and the cat meows.

     

     

  • This is a song for those moments when only a cuddle will do. As the music acts as a lullaby, your child will learn how to ask in English for a kiss a cuddle and a hug from Mummy and Daddy. A song to enjoy with your child in your arms.

    kiss me

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    Games based on this song

    decoupe kissThis is an action song for very small children. There is little vocabulary. The actions are as follows:

    « kiss me », the child taps a cheek with his fingers

    « cuddle me », the child puts out his arms to a parent to ask for a cuddle

    « hug me », the child shows he wants a big hug from his mother or father.

    There is little difference between the meaning of the words “cuddle” and “hug”. My favourite is the term “bearhug”, where you hug each other very very tightly!

    Game A

    A small group of children can enjoy the following role play where two children play the child and a parent at bedtime and the rest of the group watches.

    One child lies on the floor. The parent says “goodnight” and the child says “goodnight Mummy (or Daddy), kiss please”. The parent kisses the child and says “shut your eyes”. The child shuts his or her eyes and the parent says “good boy” or “good girl”.

    Next, it’s the child who acted the parent to lie down and act the child and a new child is chosen to act the parent.

     

  • Here are the names of five emotions that punctuate any child’s life. Thanks to this song, he will be able to learn how to say the names of these emotions in English. Here is a song for the actor that is within him. Will he be able to convince you, as he sings each verse, that he really is sad, scared, happy......?

    so angry so happy

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    Games based on this song

    decoupe countThis is a song that expresses emotions, so we can talk about acting rather than playing. Before beginning to sing ask the children how they express the different emotions of which it is a question in the song. Don’t go too quickly. For each emotion you can enlarge the vocabulary. Why is the child happy? He is happy because he has got “a present”, or because it’s his “birthday”, etc.

  • In this song there is all the atmosphere of a town street. Your child will learn the English names for some vehicles, certain colours, and the position of these words in a sentence, because in English the adjective always precedes the noun, so the colour is always named before the name of the object it describes.

    traffic  lights

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    Games based on this song

    For this song you need to have handy a red object and a green object unless you happen to have a real set of traffic lights. It doesn’t matter what the objects are, you can use two coloured balls, pieces of coloured paper, or even pens.

    decoupe lights

    Game A

    You play with the colours as you sing in the following way:

    One child is elected and it is he or she who will be responsible for directing the traffic with your makeshift traffic lights. Each time everybody sings “green light”, he must lift aloft the green object, and when they sing “red light”, he lifts up the red object. This is not as simple as it sounds and he will have to concentrate, as at the end of each verse the order of the colours is reversed. Tell the other children to watch out and say if he makes a mistake.

    The other children are the vehicles and they each arrive at the traffic lights in turn, according to the order in the song.

    They thus imagine they are a
    Big black taxi
    Tall double decker bus (try and have a tall child, if numbers permit you can add some passengers)
    Little blue scooter.
    The children have to stop at the lights until these lights change to green at the end of each verse.
    Here are some suggestions for extra vehicles and their respective colours:
    Orange bicycle
    Yellow caravan
    Purple camper
    Long white lorry