Sing in the New Year

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By Margaret Watchornmusician and learning consultant

Simple ways to sing your way into the New Year

Children celebrating


New Year is always a time for turning over a new leaf, so how about promising that this year you and your children will sing more together? Use familiar tunes with these new words to enrich your children’s learning and development.


Activity songs in this article:

  1. Twinkle, twinkle
  2. He’s got the whole world in his hands
  3. Ten green bottles
  4. If you’re happy and you know it
  5. There’s a hole in my bucket
  6. There was a princess long ago

1. ‘Twinkle, twinkle’

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

You can never have too many songs to help children with everyday routines, like lining up and getting ready. Why not try this one? Sing it with a swing and at a good speed to help things move along.


1 – 2 – 3 – 4;

Time to line up at the door.

5 – 6 – 7 – 8;

Hands by our sides and standing straight.

9 – 10, no more time;

Look at us standing in a line.


Repeat the song for children who haven’t managed to get there in time, and challenge the children to see if they can all get in a line by the end of the song the next time you sing it.


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