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Noodle Loaf is an interactive music education podcast for kids. Episodes contain fun music for kids, movement activities, rhythm games and plenty of learning through play!

Noodle Loaf - Music Education Podcast for Kids Dan Saks

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 65 Ratings

Noodle Loaf is an interactive music education podcast for kids. Episodes contain fun music for kids, movement activities, rhythm games and plenty of learning through play!

    Duck Truck Goose - Encore

    Duck Truck Goose - Encore

    Sorry kids, the song about the history of Kraftwerk didn't make the final edit but don't fret, there is a clapping game about robots.  There is also a Western folk song and opportunities to make use of your ears and hands so make sure to have those nearby before hitting play.  

    We begin with a song game called Clap It Back about robots.  But is it a song about robots?  Or an homage to Phil Collins?  Can it be both? This is a great way to develop Rhythmic Awareness and 80s pop icon awareness. ✪

    Kids love classic Western cinema so here is an old Western folk song that also happens to be an Echo Song.  So hop up in the saddle and join us on the trail.  ✪

    The word "Aural" is confusing when heard aurally.  That is ironic.  There is nothing we can do about that but what we can do is develop Aural Awareness via a game called Name That Sound.  We'll play a sound, you try to name it.  ✪

    If you like Rhythmic Improvisation and Body Percussion then you will love Jam Along.  Stomp, clap, pat and snap your funkiest groove along to our funkiest groove.   ✪

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can pack in your picnic basket.

    I wrote a book!!!: ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 12 min
    Kablamski

    Kablamski

    It's getting hot in here, so plant some carrot seeds.  I am getting so hot, I'm gonna plant some carrot seeeeds.  There's a song about planting carrot seeds in this episode and those are not the lyrics.  We don't do parodies.  We do music for kids and that grown ups dig too.  We do music empowerment through play.  We jam out, you jam along.

    The Echo Song in today's show, A Carrot Seed was inspired by my cousins' farm Soul Fire Farm in Upstate NY.  Their farm sows veg and justice in equal measure and is definitely worth getting to know.  To Do List: Sing along with this fun song for kids, Plant a carrot, Check out Soul Fire Farm.  ✪

    This Finish The Pattern game explores the music concept of timbre.  Timbre is just a fancy way of saying the way a sound sounds.  A guitar and a piano playing middle C play the same notes but have very different timbres.  I think trying to find words to describe timbres makes for a fun vocab game that also nurtures a sense of music appreciation so stay tuned for the bonus round where we do just that! ✪

    And since we're big fans of recycling, we recycle those patterns to play a game called Jam Along.  If you're having fun and feeling empowered to be part of the band then you are doing it right! ✪

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can do at the beach, at the pool or at the lakeside glampsite.

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    I wrote a book!!!: ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 13 min
    Spaghetti Birds

    Spaghetti Birds

    Warm up your vocals with a round of singing slide.  Sing a party plan with our echo song.  Name some sounds.  And then take some time for yourself, because you deserve it.

    Singing Slide is based on a vocal warm up game that music teachers like to play with their students.  Kids mimic a slide whistle which gets them singing in their head voices and exploring their vocal range.  It gives me the opportunity to record myself playing slide whistle which always comes as a surprise to my neighbors. ✪

    Party Time!  This echo song about planning a party has an animal themed twist.  Speaking of which animal themed twist would make for a great kids party theme.  Giraffe Limbo etc. Echo songs are a great way for kids to learn melodies, build their melodic vocabularies and tune their sense of pitch.  Huzzah! ✪

    Mystery sounds abound in this round of Name That Sound. Our very own Noodle Loaf game show announcer will guide you through the process of identifying some old-timey sounds.  Unclog your ears for some close listening and a little bit of learning about technology from days gone by.  ✪

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can listen to without needing a jukebox and a quarter.

    I wrote a book!!!: ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Month - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 12 min
    Kangaroo Water Park

    Kangaroo Water Park

    If you like smoothies then you'll love this new episode of Noodle Loaf.  It's got mangoes (rhythm games), bananas (singing) and freshly squeezed orange juice (mad-lib style story games).  Press play and take a gulp!

    Our Clap It Back game gives you and your family a chance to learn rhythmic phrases.  Syllables, cadence, rhythm, tempo, beat...so many skills to glean from this game.  It also incorporates a technique used in music classrooms and pedagogies like the Suzuki method.  Things get tricky as the game goes on, so hold on to your smoothies! ✪

    This Echo Song doesn't have a lot of words.  Some songs don't need a lot of words to do what they need to do.  Other songs (like Hurricane by Bob Dylan) need a ton of words.  This is not that.  The name of this song is "Sister Oh Sister" and it is meant to evoke feelings about the people in your life, after all. ✪

    We recently found a half filled book of Mad-Libs on a neighbors' stoop.  We had a lot of fun with it and it was exciting to see how different another families brand of hijinks felt in comparison to our own. This game is similar.  It is called You Make The Story and your job is to add your own words to help tell the story.  In this case you are opening up a pizzeria.  Good luck with your new pizzeria endeavor! ✪

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can slurp up like a smoothie but without the brain freeze.

    I wrote a book!!!: ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Month - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 13 min
    Don't Forget Goofin'

    Don't Forget Goofin'

    Songs about robots, subways and feeling grateful for scientists!  This episode has the very special guest, Tracy Bonham & Melodeon Music House, plus lots of learning about music through play.

    ✪ First Up, Time To Move - Dance Robot Dance.  Pretend you are a robot that has two settings.  Setting 1: when you hear music you do your best robot dance.  Setting 2: When the music stops you shape your body like the thing that I say. i.e. grapes.  This is a fun creative movement game that promotes body awareness, smiles and dancing to a song about robots.

    ✪ Counting the silence.  Kids love counting.  Grown-ups love silence.  This game has something for everyone!

    ✪ All you have to do during a Story Song is sit back and enjoy the song. This song is about feeling grateful for all the people big and small who have helped their communities get through this past year, and especially everyone involved in the vaccine roll-out from the scientists to the people who rolled up their sleeves to stop Covid's spread.  You can hear this song wherever music streamed including Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2FIyQU8vHnG2dPXPpOx5e7?si=N26FtAfoTgCBFtgRDkJJGQ

    ✪ This episode's Echo Song is provided by the wonderful musician and music educator Tracy Bonham & Melodeon Music House.  The song is called Let's Take The Subway.  It's a fun children's song for learning about letters, pitch matching, song form and that famous New York City rat race.  You can find it on her new album Young Maestro's Vol. 1: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Kn0cPtHeY3cMYIv626LTH?si=pA-xbY3ZRGO6ZbaEQqSpRw

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can listen to during your daily public transit commute.

    I wrote a book!!!: ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Month - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 13 min
    Dinosaurs and Dumplings

    Dinosaurs and Dumplings

    Music and learning, singing and goofing.  Enter here for children's songs about dinosaurs and dumplings.  But fair warning, you may be asked to rhyme something with "Cilantro."  If you're comfortable with that possibility then press play on this educational podcast for kids and enjoy.

    ✪ We begin with a rhyming game.  Freshen up phonological awareness, fine tune your flow and polish your poetry with this edition of Rhyme Time.  Our categories this go round are fancy colors, types of dumplings, herbs, handicrafts and kinds of trucks.  Watch out for the extra hard herbal bonus round!

    ✪ This week's echo song is about a lonesome dinosaur.  Why won't anyone play with the T. Rex?  Is it because he'll eat them?  This echo song explores themes of h̶u̶m̶a̶n̶ dinosaur nature while developing a child's sense of pitch and humor.  It's music for kids that dinosaurs will love too.

    ✪ We haven't had a vocal jam in a while which means it's time for a vocal jam.  Think of it as an instant a capella group but better because the group is your family and instead of pop songs you're just saying names of dumplings.  This is a great intro to harmony and part singing for kids and is also great as a family singalong.  Learn the parts and perform it next time you're at a dumplings shop!  Great idea!

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson for kids you can listen to during tea time.

    ✪✪✪ FAMILIES CAN - an Amazon Best Book of the Month - by Dan Saks and Brooke Smart available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    http://tinyurl.com/familiescan

    WAYS TO SHOW NOODLE LOVE:

    ✪ Join our Patreon to get a show shout out and a handwritten letter!  www.patreon.com/noodleloaf

    ✪ SUBSCRIBE and/or LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts

    ✪ Get some Noodle Loaf gear at noodleloaf.threadless.com.    

    ✪ Want to add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir? The echo song and instructions are here: http://noodleloaf.com/choir 

    Find us on noodleloaf.com Twitter and Instagram or write to us at noodleloafshow@gmail.com

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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