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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

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!

    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

    • 11 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

    • 12 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
    Feeling for Mangoes

    Feeling for Mangoes

    Press play and brace yourself for some music games, a song about fruits and April Fools jokes aplenty.  We'll play a drawing game called Guided Doodling where you will doodle a mystery drawing based on the narrated instructions.  Will it be an octopus?  Probably not, but maybe? A little more details on the various music activities beloooooow: Finish The Pattern - Our pattern recognition game teams up with solfege for some real live music game fun.  Fair warning, there are animal sounds and some amateur beatboxing.  

    ✪ Echo Song - Mango Season - Our repeat after me style sing along song is all about some of our favorite fruits! Mangoes, watermelons and strawberries. A fun fact about this upbeat children's song is that you can insert whatever your favorite fruits or veggies are.  If you love kohlrabi then you would just sing "Wake Me Up When Its Kohlrabi Season."  This is a no judgement zone.  You do you.  

    ✪ Guided Doodle - Get yourself a pencil and paper, we are going to draw together.  Noodle Loaf provides the classical music of Vivaldi and some instructions on how to draw a mystery drawing.  You do your best to draw what we describe.  There's a good chance you will draw something other than what we are imagining, but that's ok.  The important thing is we are hanging out, listening to calm music and drawing together.

    ✪ 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 in your sleep.  April Fools!  Awake is better.

    ✪✪✪ 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

    • 11 min
    Special Drums Special Rhythms

    Special Drums Special Rhythms

    Fun.  Fun Music.  Fun Music For Kids.  Fun Music For Kids And Their Grown Growns.  Fun Music For Kids And Their Grown Growns That Involves Saying The Names of Birds Wrong.  i.e. Curdnal.

    Pretty Birdies - Echo Song - A repeat after me song about different birds! But we're not just singing bird names over here, we are singing them incorrectly because that's something we like to do. I don't know if your kids will learn about birds by singing along but there's a chance they'll develop their senses of pitch and rhythm.  ✪

    Learn About Tablas with Sufyan - Noodlino Sufyan is a 7 year old from Brooklyn, NY who has been studying how to play the tabla.  He tells us a little about the instrument and demonstrates a couple bols (rhythmic sequences) that he has learned.  He is cool.  Tablas are cool.  You are cool.  ✪

    Clap It Back - In this rhythm game about drums of the world, we clap back the rhythms of phrases describing various world drums over Sufyan's tablatastic grooves.  It's a bit of music appreciation mixed with some drumming fundamentals.  ✪

    KaraYOUke - If your child has been waiting patiently for someone to ask them to write a song about donkey teeth, then they need wait no more! This game asks you and your children to write your owns based on prompts you hear.  We provide the music and the prompts, your family writes the songs.  It's a songwriting lesson and a mad-lib but more fun than either one by itself. ✪

    We hope you enjoy our music and games for preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary age kids!  It's like a music lesson but it's free and you don't have to drive to it.

    ✪✪✪ FAMILIES BELONG - one of Amazon's Best Books of 2020 - by Dan Saks available from Penguin Random House ✪✪✪

    https://bit.ly/familiesbelongbook

    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

    • 11 min

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