Over the summer, we were excited to review a great set of songs (and coordinating workbook) by Happy Kids Songs. These songs are geared for children 3-8 (though any age child would enjoy them!), focus on character lessons, and are based on scenarios children encounter in the real world.
In the Happy Kids Songs series, there are eight albums costing $4.95 each; each album has 5 fun (and catchy) songs. There are also fun, free activities on the website that parents can download; or if you wish you can purchase the activities in the form of an interactive workbook ($12.56).
We received for review:
- Friends & Sharing (Set 1)
- Happiness & Attitude (Set 5)
- Manners & Character (Set 6)
- Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands on Acitivities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills
Friends & Sharing
- Sailing on the Seven Cs
- Everybody wants to find a Friend
- Sharing Friends
- Happy as Happy can be
Happiness & Attitude
- Shake it Out and Dance
- Who Knows What’s a Kudos?
- I don’t Understand
- Be Good to Yourself
- Better Together
Manners & Character
- The Magic Word
- The Golden Rule
- Six Little Kids
How We Used Happy Kids Songs:
My kids love listening to music in the mornings after breakfast (while I finish up a few chores), during transitions, while we play outside, and during their independent play. I downloaded the songs to my iPad and we listened to them during these times. My four year old and I would then discuss what the songs were encouraging us to do (share, be kind, smile to feel better, etc) and we would practice a scenario. Children learn a lot through role play; role play is something Lexie isn’t a huge fan of, so this was a great opportunity to allow her to do that in a fun environment. She enjoyed it! There were a few things I needed to explain, like what a “quirk” is, or a “kudo.”
My (almost) two year old also enjoyed dancing and singing to the songs. He couldn’t keep up with all the lyrics, but every now and then he would blurt out one of the few words he knew from the chorus. =)
The workbook was fun as well. It has the lyrics to the song, pictures to color, and other activities. We did some of these, though honestly we didn’t do them all. But what’s great is we can come back to them as needed and do some
I also really like that on the website you can see what topics are covered, listen to samples of the songs, and find two different ways to purchase. *and the downloaded songs can be burned to a CD*
If your family enjoys listening to music, I would recommend the Happy Kids Songs sets. The songs themselves are catchy, and of course the behavior and emotional skills the songs focus on offer lifelong skills. Plus, it is just nice to find children’s music that is different than everything else out there! These are definitely unique sets!
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