Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

3.) Baby Nick. Jr. Curious Buddies: Let’s Move

 Baby Nick Jr. (Producer). (2005). Curious Buddies: Let’s Move. United States. Nick Jr.

Moving plays a major role in a child’s physical development. Curious Buddies: Let’s Move is a 30 minute video program, that uses music and puppets to get very young kids from 12 to 36 months of age to act silly and move thier bodies.  The Curious Buddies group includes a cat, a pig, a dog, and the group Noodles, who will sing and dance alongside real images of kids. The images of kids who are either hopping, dancing, clapping, or wiggling can help show  how they strech thier bodies and move, so kids viewing the program will not feel alone while dancing.  The curious buddies is a great program for children of this age to watch because it promotes physical activity and dance. The songs included are familiar songs that kids know, such as:  Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, and Ring Around the Rosy. When teaching stretching activities, the puppet’s animated arms and legs are sometimes hard to see, but toddlers might over look this. The kids who are accompaning the puppet show kids how they are suppose to perform the stretch or dance. The puppets ad color to the program, which is useful in getting the kids excited about excercise.  The different speeds of songs, and dances teach kids how to perform fast and slow movements, which helps with body coordination. Toddlers, who cannot sit still will love moving, dancing, clapping, will have fun let getting loose with to this program.

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1.) Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs and Stories

Henson, Jim. (Director). (2005). Sleepytime Songs and Stories. Sesame Street.

Annotation: The Sesame Street puppets: Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count, Ernie and Bert, ect. each tell thier story about how they go to sleep.

Format: DVD, 30 minutes.

Personal Reaction: This movie is great for getting 2 to 4 year olds ready to sleep. The songs are every theraputic so it prepares children for bed. This dvd is teaching kids how to sleep by imitation. Kids might try imitating the characters, like Big Bird snd end up falling asleep. However, Ernie keeps waking up and starts to tap dance–even though the song is Dance Yourself to Sleep–, this could be distruptive and wake up the child who is falling asleep. This is contradicting, because the music is loud and happy so it could make the toddler rise up and dance too. If parents are trying to get thier child to sleep this dance will certainly wake them up. But, then, Big Bird brings the tone down with his soft voice and speaks of the different methods of sleep: 1.) Singing, 2.) Counting, 3.) Soft Toy, 4.) Storytelling. Some music instruments that were used were soft flutes and soft singing voices; also, pictures of the night sky and stars, which should help kids get into the mood for bedtime. My favorite songs from this collection are: Cookie Monster’s: If Moon was Cookie song, and the “Everybody Sleeps” song. Other songs included are: Dance myself to Sleep, Moonshine Song, Snuffle Lullabye, and Imagination.

Catagorization Tag: Children’s video, Sleep, Puppets

Age: 2-4

Early Literacy Skills:

1.) Counting: The Count puppet can help kids learn thier numbers while they try to sleep. He counts sheep in his sleep.

Awards: N/A

Author/Illustrator Website: http://www.sesamestreet.org/

Issues: Cant Sleep, Scared to Sleep,

Genre: Puppet

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