Do you have that child who loves to listen to music all the time? The one who loves catchy tunes? Do you want to have them listen to songs that will help them build character, work on their attitude, manners and respect? Happy Kids Songs has some fun albums, like Friends & Sharing, Happiness & Attitude, Manners & Character and a fun activity book Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills.
What Is It
For this review we received a physical soft cover 125 page activity book. This book has activities to go along with all the songs of all 8 albums. When I say activity pages I am talking about the lyrics, coloring pages and activities that build on the song. You are able to include every child with this activity book with all different learning styles. And the nice thing is, you only need to buy the one ($13.95 list price) for all the albums instead of one for each album.
We also got 3 albums to download. You can find these downloads on either itunes or Amazon ($4.95 each album) and from there, you put it on the device you want to listen to them on. Each album contains 5 songs that goes with the theme of the album. Average length of all the songs is about 3 and ½ minutes long, which makes each album about 15-20 minutes long. Oh, and did I mention that each song is sang by kids for kids!?! This makes it even more appealing to the kids!
The topics covered in each of the three albums we received are:
Friends and Sharing
- Reaching out
- Not being bossy
- Dealing with goodbyes
Manners and Character
- The golden rule
- Respecting others
- Accepting difference
- Rudeness and manners
Happiness and Attitude
- Being thankful
- Positive thinking
- Paths to happiness
- Handling frustration
- Time together/time apart
How Did We Use This
I downloaded all the songs first…and then lost them to Little Miss. Although these are recommended for ages 4-8, Little Miss was the happiest with them and listened the most. But I am fine with that…good topics and lessons within each song made it worthwhile for her! I did have Ray Ray listen in with Little Miss and we would color the pages together while talking about the songs. The Copyright of the book does allow you to make copies for home use if you are the one who purchased the book.
We also added in some of the activities to our Character time during the day. I had fun reading through the different ideas and finding those that would appeal to my kids, while still seeing other ideas too! I was able to find things that Ray Ray and Little Miss could do together…and while Moe Man is “too big” for the songs, I was able to find activities to help touch up on topics he needed refreshers in too.
The songs are still being listened to by Little Miss. She is even singing along with them. When I asked her if she liked them, she told me to be quiet because she was listening to the music. I took that as a yes answer. I love them because I know they have a meaning behind them, and although some music just for music is good, I love having her sing and listen to songs with meaning.
I love the activity book as well. We have artistic kids who love to color, so we have been using the coloring sheets the most. I love being able to find a fun game to play when the kids are bored on rainy or too hot days and have it teach them something while they play. Come on, who doesn’t like to teach their kids while they are playing?!?
We love these songs and activity book, and I do recommend this to anyone who has a music loving child!
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