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Jump and Jam with Dana!

This Friday, April 14th, you and your little ones can jump and jam with Dana! Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes will be available from Music Playground, as well as a series of music videos and a concert in Bellingham, WA. This collection is perfect for the family living room dance parties, pre-school circle time, and just jammin’ in the car on summer vacation. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Blaine, WA,  March 15, 2017 – Dana, a singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids:Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes. The album will be available from Music Playground, Amazon  and iTunes on April 15. Dana will celebrate the release with a series of music videos and a “Movin’ Musical Party” at the historic Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA, also on Saturday, April 15.

 

Through her five critically lauded albums and national tours, Dana has built a reputation for inviting youngsters to get off their screens and up dancing, jumping, playing and singing. Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes is her sixth highly interactive album release featuring 12 songs designed to get kids ages 1 to 7 up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies, and top-notch musicianship make this an engaging album for the whole family to enjoy together.

 

Produced at Beaird Music Group Studios in Nashville with top session players,Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes offers a “musical party” of sound, featuring various genres, from rock to bluegrass, jazz, country and pop. Inspired by her 20-plus years of working with children and her own experiences as a mom, Dana Cohenour wrote these songs with preschoolers in mind while respecting adult ears in production and musical styles.

 

The album includes counting songs ( “Legs” and a bluegrass spin of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”), a Latin music inspired freeze dance (“Jumping Beans”), a rock & roll “Wiggle Workout,” an egg shake (“Shakin’ Things Up”), and a jazzy jumping jive dance (“Jump & Jive”). Humor is the hallmark of Dana’s story songs (“Barnyard Hoedown” and “Fish Tale”), and she asks listeners to help make the planet smile with her inspirational “Do My Part.” Listeners are invited to clang on pots and pans with “Grandma’s Kitchen Band,” and to move like the animals in “Follow the Leader.” The album wind downs with the gentle musical hug that is “I Love Mommy.” 

 

After taking a break from recording to raise her son, Jack, Dana is pleased to be creating music for children once again. Dana tested these songs at her Music Playground classes at the Opus Performing Arts School in Bellingham, WA. From square-dancing barnyard animals to Mexican jumping beans, Dana’s tunes instantly activate her young students toward movement and imaginative play.”

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Orange You Glad it’s Fundanoodle Friday?

Orange (Level One) Fundanoodle products are designed for children starting as early as age 2.5. It is a collection of activity books using numbers, letters, patterns, mazes, matching, coloring and many other aspects of young learning. You’ve already learned about I Can Cut! and I Can Do Fun Activities.

Now, let’s introduce I Can Do Math and Max and Alphie’s Adventures! Activities Book. All Fundanoodle books are top spiral bound. This allows the book to lay flat and is easy for either a righty or a lefty to use!

 

I Can Do Math! Level 1
9″ x 12″
Essential math concepts in support of Common Core State Standards are included in this Level 1 book. Children have fun learning numbers (1-10), number words, shapes and other preschool math skills. Includes a colorful sticker reward system. 40 pages
Price: $9.99

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Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Level 1
9″ x 12″
Full of fun exercises, this activity book improves hand control and endurance, builds confidence and develops fine motor skills. Children learn and have fun as they connect the dots, navigate mazes, find hidden objects and color within the visual boundaries. Includes a colorful sticker reward system. 40 pages.
Price: $9.99

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Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Activity Book
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Safety Scissors for Fundanoodle Friday

Fundanoodle has created the very best scissors for little hands! They are all plastic, not sharp, and best of all, ONLY cut paper. Yep. You read that right. These will NOT cut hair or skin.

They come in a three-pack or with the I Can Cut! Activity Book. My daughter is only four and has been using these scissors and the book for about a year. I can let her work independently without worrying about her safety.

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Busy Bags and Marvelous Moms

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What fun we had today! I hosted a ‘Busy Bags’ event at my house and as much as I procrastinated and cussed at myself for not really putting my best foot forward, I am so thankful to have been a part of this.

For those of you not in the mommy, play date, toddler phase of life, here’s what we did. We each found an 
activity, most likely from Pinterest or a mommy blog. We created and assembled the parts for said activity in 10 sets. We announced our choice of activity to avoid duplicates. Then we came together with our kids and shared our creations. These activities are designed to keep the child ‘busy’ learning about colors, numbers, etc. and using fine motor skills. BRILLIANT!

My immediate thought after receiving nine awesome busy bags: If we kept this up on a regular basis, we might never have to go to a toy store again! The problem with that is the time consumption. It does take time to decide on your activity, buy the materials, assemble the materials, and make 10 sets.

But my overall feeling about this type of event brings to mind the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ How cool is it that we all took the time, money, energy, and creative thinking to do this for each other’s kids? I, for one, feel honored and proud.

I think these pictures of my daughter after the ‘party’ say it all. She had to be so patient to wait until all the kids left to try her new games. But she was amazing. I loved watching her discover, learn, play, and celebrate.

Thanks village mamas! Let’s do it again sometime.