Ideas to give adults more confidence in music activities

Build an ideas bank that is more than just singing, listening and playing instruments.

Leading to a music time adults look forward to!

Which then enables children to 

 …express themselves in more ways.

 …explore their interests with a musical twist.

 …experience an area of learning in more ways.


An online ideas bank for those who work with children from ~2 to 5 Years

Suitable for

♪ childminders
♪ early years practitioners
♪ nursery/reception teachers
♪ day nursery owners/managers
♪ leaders of toddler groups or under 5s music classes

♪ Gain access to new songs and rhymes plus new ways to approach traditional nursery rhymes and songs

♪ Do more with the musical instruments in your cupboard

♪ Ideas for different genres of music

♪ Plus some simple Music Time Plans!


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With the NEW resource you can....

1. Search Ideas By...


E.g. Animals, Minibeasts, Weather...

Current Month of the Year

Here's a peek at what's in the events section for October: 

2. Then find the type of activity you would like:

Songs and Rhymes

Nursery rhymes; Traditional Songs/Rhymes; Original Songs 

Body Percussion

Clapping, Tapping, Marching...


Using tuned and untuned percussion instrument, and homemade instruments

Listening to Music 

Different genres of music

3. Then find the plan for the type of activity you would like:

 Each plan will include:

Activities you could do

PLUS opportunities for learning including: Areas of Learning and Characteristics of Effective Learning

Here is what may be included in each type of activity:


Song and Rhyme Plans

Autumn Leaves sample image (2) 

Activities you could do:

Just singing song or saying rhyme.

The plan may also include some of the following ideas:

♪ Playing Instrument to accompany song
♪ An Action, Body Percussion or Movement to go with song or rhyme
♪ The use of a Prop/s: puppets, parachute...  


For the other types of activities:

Body Percussion Plans

Activities you could do:

Exploring body percussion

The plan may also include:

Creating patterns


Instrument Plans

The plan may include some of the following activities ideas you could do:

  • Exploring instrument
  • Sound for story/poem;
  • Instrument to accompanying movement
  • Playing instrument along with music
  • Creating patterns on instrument

Listening to Music Plans

The plan may include some of the following activities ideas you could do:

  • Just listening
  • Movement as an individual with/without a prop, or mark making whilst listening 
  • Movement as a group with or without a prop whilst listening
  • Creating whilst listening


Music Time Plans

Music Time Plans

I'm also beginning to introduce simple music time plans that include 4 activities.  For example it might include the following type of activities: 2 songs/rhymes, 1 instrument, 1 listening

There are a few plans based on books.

Online Training Included with Membership

Parachute, Lycra and Friendship Ring online training

Access the Parachute Lycra and Friendship Ring online training on the resource website for as long as your membership is active.

This is only for those who have purchased 12 months' access or have been an Early Years Music Ideas 2 to 5 Years member for more than 12 months.  

What resources does it include?

Accessible to view on the website

To help you learn and deliver the new activities the website has:

  • Plans and visual printouts to view
  • Links to Amazon to listen/purchase recorded music 
  • Links to YouTube for some pieces of music 

To Download

On the website you can download:

  • An activity plan for every activity with links to the early years opportunities for learning: Areas of Learning and Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Visual printouts (available for some activities)
  • MP3 recordings of me, Anne, singing/saying the songs and rhymes to help you learn the words.

Here’s a little about me and how I can help you

I’m Anne, a musician, composer, teacher, trainer and mum!

I started teaching music to the under 5s in 1998 as a qualified primary teacher and was also the school Music Co-ordinator.  After a break from teaching, to look after my own little people, I setup Musical abc in 2008 to teach music to the under 5s: classes for babies, toddlers and preschools.

I have worked with many children and have gained and developed fun ways to help children explore music. I will be sharing my ideas through this resource.  I love helping others and I’m excited to be able to help more Early Years Practitioners.


I look forward to helping you bring more music to the children in your setting.