Adam loves listening to music and singing along to nursery rhymes. As my husband and I are both teachers we know the benefits and value that songs bring to a child’s development. They help a child master our complex language, develop memory skills, help with social and emotional development and practise physical skills. So when Little Big Songs asked us to review their CD we were delighted.
Little Big Songs is an audio CD which tries to bridge the gap between nursery rhymes and character-led songs from children’s TV. The 11 sing-along songs tell real-life stories from a young child’s point of view and covers every day experiences which the child can immediate relate to. The songs cover topics such as the food we eat, moving house, telling the time and who’s who in the family.
The 16 page booklet that accompanies the CD contains the lyrics to all the songs and beautiful illustrations. On the Little Big Songs website you can also enjoy four song videos for free.
It took a little while for Adam to enjoy the CD. The songs were a little slow paced for Adam as he likes to dance along as he sings. Some of the songs on the Little Big Songs CD were first broadcast on BBC schools radio 25 years ago and have a different feel to them compared to recent songs. However, once Adam slowed down and listened to the story within each song he started to enjoy them.
He has two favourite songs. Whenever we wash our hands he attempts to sing the tune of “Scrub-a-dub.”
“Your fingernails are dirty, they’re as dirty as can be
Your mother says, ‘Disgusting! Wherever have you been?’
With hot, soapy water there is something you can do to get them clean
You can clean your fingernails if you scrub-a-dub
You can clean anything, if you scrub-a-dub.”
This other favourite song is “In The Family.” The song only mentions a Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles and cousins. However, Adam likes to look through his family album of his Nana, Grandad and Nanny during the song.
“In the family… In the family…
They’re a funny old lot, but they’re all I’ve got, and we’re all in the family.”
Although some individual songs were catchy, such as “Scrub-a-dub” and “In the family”, overall the songs do sound very similar if you listen to the whole CD. It is a CD we prefer to dip in and out of rather than listen to the whole thing on repeat.
The CD which is 23 minutes 20 seconds long can be purchased directly from the Little Big Songs online shop for £8.50. Alternatively you can purchase the download version fro £7.99 from the same website, iTunes or AmazonMP3.
Disclaimer: We were sent this CD to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.