Tag: early childhood education

What Would You Do If I Sang You a Tune?

If you did not have cover your ears when I sang one of my  little ditties you would know what mood I was in or you would learn something. Pleasantly singing your words like “it is time to take a seat” is far more effective than yelling “sit down and shut up!

OUCH! Did I type that?

Singing the the Children’s Choir when I was 3 years old taught me so many skills such as standing up straight and keeping out of mischief. That singing experience gave me confidence. ( I was the little one on the left behind the man in the glasses. I had no other singing pictures of my own I wanted to use.)

Students who memorize a list to a tune have better recall then simply memorizing. There is an additional part of the brain that is is used when we sing. This gets more of our brain working in a different way. We hear in a different way toa tune versus just the spoken word.

When I was raising my children or working in early childhood education I had a song for EVERTHING to re-direct. A little rhythmic song will  stick in a child’s head telling them what was expected of them! Transitioning from one acitivty to another is often not something most children want to do unless there is something in it for them. Kids feel good about them selves when they can confidently follow through with what tasks are expected fo them.

  • Clean up the toys
  • Go potty
  • Wash hands for lunch
  • Put on coats to go outside

Pre-school teachers know how well singing the “line-up song” work get get the little ducks in a row in order to count noses for an orderly transition on and off the playground. Busy parents who adopt this singing a little tune or 2 find that getting out the door in the morning with todllers is so much smoother going than if they don’t have a plan of action.

Old familiar tunes that can be adapted to your words:

I’m a Little Teapot

Row, Row, Row Your ‘Boat


Old Mac Donald

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star



From all my experience working with children I have always kept   songs in my ‘bag of magical tricks”. But I had found too many quick sources to scientifically quote from. Thanks to Time Magazine I can copy and a quote written by Stacy Horn. See quote below.

Singing Changes Your Brain

“Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins…”

The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure.  Or it might be from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.  A very recent study even attempts to make the case that “music evolved as a tool of social living,” and that the pleasure that comes from singing together is our evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively, instead of hiding alone, every cave-dweller for him or herself.


BusinessBalls.com also lends credibility to the fact that singing is good all of us physcially and mentally.

Body parts mentioned in an article titled Singing-well being beneifits listed:

  • muscle tone in neck, face and jaw
  • increase oxygen to the brain
  • improved muscle tone in the larynx may help with snoring
  • stimualtes the thyroid

Singing requires focus to perform whether or not you sing well or not. Singing perks up the ears of the listener as well.

Singing plays an intrical role in spituality as well as stress mangament. Personally I think those spirituality and managemnt of stress go hand in hand.

Why did I write ” you would know what mood I was in”. I occured to me that I had not been singing.

Personally, I have not been singing like I used to sing my little song for everything. Those who are close to me know that when I’m not singing under my breathe that something is very wrong. I have not been feeling well.

Bluntly, I have been crabby over some very stressful living situations in our neighborhood. Now that I have found a better home to move to, I feel a new song coming on…

..As I try to heal my frayed nerves with light at the end of the tunnel, my sweet son has been playing some of our favorite song to get me to sing along with. We have been watching “The Voice” together”.

What would my family do  if I sang them a tune? They would breathe a sigh of relief that my mood was getting more hopeful.And now we have sceintific prove that singing is a good thing even if I can’t carry a tune in a mop bucket any more.

With my scanty sceinctific proof that singing a song is good for all of us, how do you think you can apply a singing a little tune is your family’s life?

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Farm Animal Theme Inspiration for Kids Play: Resource

Kids love learning about Farm animals.

For those who, like myself, who love to teach the 3 to 8 years olds know that the barnyard animals provide so much fun inspiration to share. Below is a list of links to images Heart Felt Play Store Collection for sale with the  Farm Animal/ Barnyard Collection

Now we all seem to own computers, but its till takes time to figure out key words to locate where to find an object that might support your theme activities.

This is where the No Non-cents Nanna’s blog and Heart Felt Play Store Collections comes to help you.


For busy parents, grand parents, babysitters or pre-Kindergarten teachers it takes a great deal more time to gather up basic  ideas and materials to present a few minute learning experience for short attention spans. Our goal is for that information to last a life time.

For 500 On the Farm Pins to inspire your class room or farm theme birthday parties click HERE On the Farm

See heart Felt Play store for a growing assortment of animal stickers in kid sized packages. Foam Farm stickers for kids. Order eaeraly- inventory is limited.

In decades past, besides my own imagination or what my father taught me, my only resource for patterns and fingerplays was the public  library.  The library is still awesome and so are book stores. Now we have Pinterest where No Non-cents Nanna happily pins On the Farm Theme images and activites-an awesome resource for you!

Please note: Malika Bourne, Author of this No Non-cents Nanna blog is also conveneintly the founder and owner off No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store.


Cuddly farm animlas stuffed and ready for stocking stuffers or birthday party favor bags

3 Barn Yard Country Critters

$ 12.00

Barnyard Country Critter Set of 3 Set of 3 small stuffed animals.  Each cuddly country critter starter set is 3 1/2″ polyester stuffed is named on the attached gift tag.  Horse Cow Pig Perfect size for small gift bag or to stuff…

Set of 3 small stuffed animals.
Each cuddly wooland critter starter set is 3 1/2″ polyester stuffed is named on the attached gift tag. One of each in this unique set.
This adorable stuffed animal set is perfect size for small gift bag or to stuff in holiday Christmas stocking. https://heartfeltplaystore.nononcentsnanna.com/products/2-woodland-critters

3 Woodland Critters Stuffed Animals

$ 12.00

Set of 3 woodland stuffed animals.   Each cuddly wooland critter starter set is 3 1/2″ polyester stuffed is named on the attached gift tag. One of each in this unique set. More stuffed animal s set avaiable in Heart Felt Play…


Barnyard Country Critter Set of 3 Set of 3 small stuffed animals. Each cuddly country critter starter set is 3 1/2″ polyester stuffed is named on the attached gift tag. Horse Cow Pig Perfect size for small gift bag or to stuff… https://heartfeltplaystore.nononcentsnanna.com/search?q=country+critters

3 Barn Yard Country Critters

$ 12.00

Barnyard Country Critter Set of 3 Set of 3 small stuffed animals.  Each cuddly country critter starter set is 3 1/2″ polyester stuffed is named on the attached gift tag.  Horse Cow Pig Perfect size for small gift bag or to stuff…


Halloween Costumes for Doube Duty:

New Hooded Animal Capes for all year around pay and to cover up when Trick or Treat night is coo out side.

Pig hooded cape from Heart Felt Play Store; a cheap costume just give the kids some legging to wear under neath-also for sale Heart Felt Play Store

Lamb, Hosre, zebra, Lion, Tiger,  Giraffee… also at Heart Felt Play Store Farm Animal Collection


Cow hooded cape from Heart Felt Play Store; a cheap costume kids can wear legging underneath…HFPS aso see imted stock of leggings.

To enhance the value of the fun learning experinces No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Stores sells online at affordable prices at my Heart Felt Play Store. Allow up to 2 weeks for delivery. Inventory is limited to save us all money.

[This blog is  a shameless self promotion for Heart Felt Play Store by the founder and owner]

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Farm Animal Masks: Color Yourself
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Dress-up Dog Ears and Nose: short pointed ears
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Dress-up Dog Ears and Nose: Hound Dog Set
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Dress-up Black Cat T-shirt and foam Mask set
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On the Farm Pig Noses: set of 3
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Lady Bug DIY Bracelet Craft
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Farm Animal Visor: Duck
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Farm Animal Foam Visor: Pig
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Farm Animal Foam Visor: Horse
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Farm Animal Foam Visor: COW


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Farm Animal Cow Face Bandana
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Farm Animals: Horse Bandana
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Farm Animal Self Adhesive Shapes
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Farm Theme Red Barn Favor Box
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Farm Animal Pig Snout Bandana

I, No Non-cents Nanna, will continue to share from my wealth of knowledge, tips about related developmentally appropriate  ideas to inspire parents and teacers of the young  American children learn through play with connecting links to save your time.


Online Resources 

Songs and Poems about Farm Animals:

  1. http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems55.html
  2. http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/p/find-poem-by-topic.html
  3. http://www.tooter4kids.com/Farm%20Poetry.htm
  4. http://www.prekfun.com/themes/prekthemes/a-f/Farm/Farm__Songs.htm  My favorite resource.


DIY Arts and Crafts about Farm Animals:

  1. http://www.prekfun.com/themes/PREKthemes/A-F/Farm/Farm__ArtsCrafts.htm
  2. http://www.123child.com/lessonplans/animals/farm.php


Dramatic Play:

  1. http://www.prekfun.com/THEMES/PREKthemes/A-F/Farm/Farm__DramaticPlay.htm
  2. http://www.preschooleducation.com/dfarm.shtml
  3. https://www.pinterest.com/furnbelly/dramatic-play-stations/  AWESOME Images for ideas!


Small Motor Muscle for Farm Animal Theme:

  1. http://www.prekfun.com/THEMES/PREKthemes/A-F/Farm/Farm_FineMotor.htm
  2. https://www.pinterest.com/cassie_osborne/farm-theme-activities-for-kids/
  3. http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/simple-farm-sensory-play.html *see note below

Science on the Farm:

  1. http://www.prekfun.com/THEMES/PREKthemes/A-F/Farm/Farm__Science.htm
  2. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/animals/makeafarm.html
  3. http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/science-activities-relating-farm-animals-preschoolers-47275.html


Farm Math:

  1. http://www.prekfun.com/THEMES/PREKthemes/A-F/Farm/Farm__Math.htm
  2. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/preschool-farm-theme/


Farm Large Motor Games:

  1. http://www.educatall.com/page/29/Farm-animals.html
  2. http://lifeovercs.com/animal-gross-motor-activity-for-preschoolers/
  3. http://www.earlychildhood.msstate.edu/resources/motoractivities/pdfs/preschool.pdf  Great generic list can be adapted to farm.

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* Notes from No Non-cents Nanna:

I get so excited about planning fine motor and sensory play activities. And, then again, I want to issue a few words of caution to you about safety.

  • Be careful with small objects around children even those under age 3. Small toys, beans and beads etc can be CHOKING HAZARDS even with kids old enough to know better under good supervision.
  • Avoid dried kidney beans around small children. Uncooked dried kidney beans are poisonous!
  • Perhaps your kids no longer have the need to explore with their mouths. You may not be concerned about choking hazards. However, some kids will stick a small object any where they can! Ears, eyes and noses can really readily get foreign object stuffed inside. For example; dried beans will swell in a nostril. Glitter thrown like Fairy Dust can end up in the eyes.
  • Personally, I adopted the policy of not using food to make art projects unless it was intended to be eaten after wards. Many of the families I worked with living with not enough money to buy decent food. I did not want to give the children the idea that it was OK to waste food. (Stringing Cheerios for necklace can still be eaten for snack is appropriate..) To send home art made with popcorn may encourage rodents or bugs to eat in the home. Please think carefully about using food for art etc.
  • Be cautious about recycling  styrofoam raw meat trays. Can you be so sure all the bacteria is gone? I doubt it.
  • Please, don’t do art art for the children so it will look like a masterpiece to the parents, so they may see the progress theri child makes. Allow children to make their own choices about where to put this or that color and so forth. Then ask questions about the big yellow circle or tiny red square they put in the lower right corner.
  • Give a few minutes warning that it will be CLEAN UP TIME. When It is CLEAN UP TIME be sure the kids know where to stash the activity properly.
  • Please be sure the thank the website owners of the links  I shared above.

Dozens of the Best Resources for Kids Busy Bags





Dozens of the Best Resources for Kids Busy Bags



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