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ImagiNation(R) Resources

You've heard of the Spanish nation and the French nation, well this is the ImagiNation where whales can fly and birds talk with Australian accents. It's a place where you can learn to be a prince and your sister can be CEO of the biggest toy company in the world. All you have to do is pretend. We'll post things here that will help. Pirate treasure maps, dittys that get your juices flowing, and books about ocean creatures...while admiral cats and adventuring seadogs all come to visit!

Come sing and dance to the tunes of the seas!

The Must-Have-Aboard Music List:

Click here for the Must-Have-Aboard book list.

Bedtime Stories for Pirates

Captain Bogg & Salty

This is one fun CD and a great band. Most children's CDs drive me mad, especially after repeated playing (I was ready to kill after getting off the Disney ride "It's a small world.") With its ingenious scripting and sound effects, as well as fantastic vocal harmonizing, the album is well crafted and takes you on a journey with stories and music. The songs are catchy and fun and you find yourself singing along no matter what age you are. As you listen, it's not hard to imagine yourself on the deck of a pirate ship with the wind in your hair and surrounded by your loyal crewmates. This one gets better and better every time I hear it. Har!

Track Listings

1. Recruitin the Crew
2. I'm a Singin Pirate
3. Deedle Dee Toe (Tale & Tune)
4. Cat O Nine Tales
5. Scurvy
6. Weather Eye
7. Billy Bones (Tale & Tune)
8. Manatee
9. The Pollywogg

Mary Had a Little Amp

All the songs you remember from your childhood performed by the artists you listen to today. It benefits a great cause (preschool education for all American children), its star-studded lineup makes you want to crank it up regardless of your station in life. Masterfully sequenced (Dixie Chicks swing into Madonna) so that each track comes across a pleasant surprise. Bonnie Raitt turns in a sleepytime rendition of "Baby Mine". R.E.M. which would normally conjure images of cranking amps here tones it down with the playful, rhythmic "We Walk."

Belly Button (round)!

The companion CD to Belly button book! by Sandra Boynton lets you hear what hippos sing on summer nights at the beach.

Putumayo Kids

Musical CDs presenting multicultural children’s songs from around the world.  Choose from selections such as African Playground that features songs from Kenya , South Africa , and more.  Or perhaps try a broad cultural immersion in Music for Little People’s World Party that offers upbeat picks from Spain to New Zealand .  There is also Caribbean Playground and a Sing Along with Putomayo featuring great tunes you’ll be blasting out with your kids, like Arlo Guthrie’s Bling Blang, Bellybutton Song, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, You Are My Sunshine, and many more. Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Songs doesn’t disappoint either.  Check it out at Putumayo Kids (www.putumayokids.com).  Also available as activity kits.

New: Way cool website!!!!

For more children's song lyrics, visit http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/. This government website also plays the musical score for most of the tunes listed so you can sing along! You'll love it. Check out some of the lyrics below.

A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea

Written By: Unknown

(when singing, the last word of each verse trails right into the first word of the next)

A sailor went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
But all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea

Oh, Helen had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
When Helen went to heaven
The steamboat went to ----

Hello, operator,
Just give me number 9
If the line is busy
I'll kick your big ------

Behind the old piano
There was a piece of glass
Helen slipped upon it
And hurt her little ---

Ask me for a muffin
I'll give you some old bread
And if you do not like it
Just go and soak your head.

Clapping Pattern

1.     Clap your own hands together.

2.     Clap both of your hands against your partner's hands.

3.     Clap your own hands together.

4.     Clap your partner's right hand with your right hand.

5.     Clap your own hands together.

6.     Clap your partner's left hand with your left hand.

You can also make the pattern more interesting by slapping your thighs, snapping your fingers, etc. The possibilities are endless! Plus, as you get better at it, you can sing and clap faster and faster until you both collapse in laughter.


Sailing, Sailing

Written By: Unknown

Sailing, sailing over the bounding main
Where many a stormy wind shall blow
'Ere Jack comes home again
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main
Where many a stormy wind shall blow
'Ere Jack comes home again


There's a Hole in the Middle of the Sea
(or There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea)

Written By: Unknown

There's a hole in the middle of the sea
There's a hole in the middle of the sea
There's a hole, there's a hole
There's a hole in the middle of the sea

There's a log in the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a log in the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a log, there's a log
There's a log in the hole in the middle of the sea

There's a bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea
There's a bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea
There's a bump, there's a bump
There's a bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea

There's a frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a frog, there's a frog
There's a frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea

There's a fly on the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a fly on the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a fly, there's a fly
There's a fly on the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea

There's a wing on the fly on the frog
On the bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea
There's a wing on the fly on the frog
On the bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea
There's a wing, there's a wing
There's a wing on the fly on the frog
On the bump on the log in the hole
In the middle of the sea

There's a flea on the wing on the fly
On the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a flea on the wing on the fly
On the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea
There's a flea, there's a flea
There's a flea on the wing on the fly
On the frog on the bump on the log
In the hole in the middle of the sea?

What's the weather?

(To the tune of Clementine)

What's the weather?
What's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Is it rainy?
Is it windy?
Are there clouds or is there sun?


Blow the Man Down

I'll sing you a song, a good song of the sea
With a way, hey, blow the man down
And trust that you'll join in the chorus with me
Give me some time to blow the man down

There was an old skipper I don't know his name
With a way, hey, blow the man down
Although he once played a remarkable game
Give me some time to blow the man down

His ship lay be-calmed in the tropical sea
With a way, hey, blow the man down
He whistled all day but in vain for a breeze
Give me some time to blow the man down.

Taps

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes
From the hills
From the sky

All is well,
safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light
Dims the sight
And a star
Gems the sky,
Gleaning bright

From afar,
Drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,

As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

 



     
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