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Sing & Smile for Pre-Fives

6–30 July 2020

Sing & Smile is a free project that uses singing to enhance children’s mental health and wellbeing. Every weekday at 9am we posted a song for pre-fives with the first two weeks featuring lullabies for babies and newborns. The third and fourth weeks focussed on songs for older babies and toddlers at home, with adaptions for use in the nursery.

Sing & Smile for Pre-Fives is run in partnership with Scottish Book Trust and made possible with the support of the Wellbeing Fund.


Weeks Three & Four

20–30 July 2020

Our Next Sing & Smile presenter for Pre-Fives is Lucinda Geoghegan, NYCOS Creative Learning Director.

Lucinda is looking forward to sharing songs and rhymes for you to do at home with your baby or toddler. She will also suggest for adaptions for use in the nursery.

Week One Presenter, Karen Clark
Monday - There Was a Mouse

Today Lucinda teaches us a rhyme about a little mouse, suitable as a tickling game at home or circle game for the nursery.

Tuesday - Up Like a Rocket

Today we're going up like a rocket, then backwards and forwards like a choo choo train.

Wednesday - See the Ponies Galloping

This morning we're going bouncing on a horse with Bookbug.

Thursday - See How I'm Bouncing

Today we have a bouncy song and Bookbug is going to see if he can reach the sky.

Friday - Clip, Clop

We're finishing this week with another bouncy song. Enjoy, and we'll be back next week with more songs.

Monday - Rig a Jig

Today Lucinda teaches us a Monday morning dance.

Tuesday - Here's a Ball

Here we have a finger rhyme for Peter Pointer, Middleman, Ruby Ring and Baby Small.

Wednesday - Here we go on our ponies

This morning we have a fun song about ponies on a sunny day.

Thursday - Thumbkin Likes to Dance

Dancing fingers at the ready for Thumbkin, Peter Pointer, Middleman, Ruby Ring and Baby.


Weeks One & Two

6–17 July 2020

Our First Sing & Smile presenter presenter for Pre-Fives is Karen Clark.

"During the first two weeks, I will be focussing on lullabies. These are primarily for newborns, but could also be sung to toddlers. Perhaps your toddler could sing the lullabies to their favourite teddy!

As a new mother myself, I hold a firm belief in the benefits of singing to a child from birth - something which creates such a special bond between mother/father and baby for life."

Week One Presenter, Karen Clark
Monday - Star Light, Star Bright

Karen has picked a wonderful first lullaby to brighten up our Monday.

Tuesday - Button You Must Wander

Today karen teaches us another song to cuddle in with a little newborn. If you’re singing this with a toddler, you can bounce them very gently on your knee as you sing it.

Wednesday - Are You Sleeping

Today we are singing a song called ‘Are You Sleeping?’ and you might recognise the melody from 'Frère Jacques'.

Thursday - Bee Baw Babbity

Today we sing a beautiful Scots song for newborns. You can also sing this with a toddler as you can bounce them on your knee.

Friday - Bye Bye Baby

We hope you enjoy our Friday lullaby for newborns.

Monday - Suo Gan

Today Karen teaches us a traditional Welsh lullaby to sing to our little ones.

Tuesday - Sleep Baby Sleep

Karen's Tuesday lullaby is perfect for sleepy babies or toddlers.

Wednesday - Rock A Bye

Today Karen brings us another soothing lullaby for newborns.

Thursday - Bluebells, Cockle Shells

Our Thursday lullaby for newborns can also be sung to toddlers as you bounce them on your knee.

Friday - Rain, Rain Go Away

Today we sing a beautiful Scots song for newborns. You can also sing this with a toddler as you can bounce them on your knee.