Preschoolers seem to have boundless reserves of energy, and are constantly on the move. It's part of the way they learn about themselves and the world around them.
Put that energy together with some well-loved and familiar music and simple games, and kids become small, eager sponges, soaking up everything from new words and rhythms to new ways of moving and coordinating their bodies.
That's why games like 'Simple Simon Says' and movement songs like 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' are so popular with the pre-school set. Not only are they heaps of fun, but they are also teaching valuable coordination, listening, comprehension and musical skills that will give children the basics for all their future learning.
And the latest album from ABC kids, 'Playtime for Preschoolers' is packed full of appealing games and movement songs that will appeal to every youngster, from toddlers to older preschoolers.
'Playtime for Preschoolers' has 16 sensational songs specially recorded for the under-fives which are simple, bright, appealing and happy. They include simple nursery rhymes like 'Baa Baa Black Sheep', 'Jack and Jill' and 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' - all with their own set of simple movements - as well as slightly harder counting songs like 'Five Little Ducks' and 'Hot Cross Buns'.
There are also favourite games like 'Simple Simon', 'Following the leader' and 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', and movement songs such as 'Pat-a-cake', London Bridge is Falling Down' and 'The Farmer and the Dell'.
And just for fun, kids can try their coordination skills on the ubiquitous 'Chicken Dance' and enjoy the silly sounds of 'Knick Knack Paddy Whack'.
Kids adore these timeless songs, and while they're having fun playing, they're learning valuable skills and abilities that will give them a huge advantage in the future. 'Playtime for Preschoolers' is the perfect album for every preschool, kindergarten and child-care centre, and parents will have a ball playing these simple and entertaining games with their enthusiastic preschoolers.
Available at leading music retailers, ABC shops or www.abcshop.com.au