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Me & My Teddy Bear


Hope you all had a wonderful week. Piper and I had a really fun day today! We had TWO, count ‘em, TWO playdates!  fantastic time with our friends from Brooklyn Georgia, Conroy and their mommy, Jackie (Of Love Jac! Woohoo!. And then with our new NJ friends, Harper and her mommy, Jenn. Piper was so wound up there was no napping today and we were crazy by the time night-night time rolled around.

All of the sudden, it’s 10 pm and I haven’t even shot this week’s video!! So – we’re doing a repeat this week of a video from a couple of years ago – Me & My Teddy Bear. It’s a song that I recorded on my first CD, Singing & Dancing Together, and that my mom used to sing to me when she’d rock me to sleep. I’ve always loved it and continue to sing it at my classes and parties every week.

Grab a Teddy Bear or favorite stuffed animal and snuggle up for this sweet song. And keep an eye on me – I tend to fall asleep when I sing this one and need your little ones to yell “WAKE UP!” ;)

And – FYI – there seems to me a lot of talking in this one, so if you want to skip to the song go to the 1:50 mark.

Also – although it’s not the usual Miss Nina format – I’ll be uploading songs from my last CD, Sha Doo Be Doop, to my YouTube Channel. Nothing fancy, just the songs playing with the CD cover on the video. But it’s nice to make the music accessible on YouTube.

Enjoy & I’ll catch you next week with a new video. :)


White Coral Bells – A Springtime Song!

As I mention in this video, when I first heard the title of this song last summer, I dismissed it as a summertime possibility thinking that it was a Christmas song. Boy was I wrong!

This is a Springtime song all about Lilies of the Valley. They are what the metaphoric title is speaking of.

What’s fun, is that the song has a “choral” quality to it, and so I kept the guitar in it’s stand and used a glockenspiel (or mini-xylophone) to play. I only use three notes for the song: A E and D. So if you have one of these, grab it and play along! Doesn’t matter if you don’t know the notes, just follow the colors.

And here are the lyrics in case you want to sing along:

White Coral Bells along a Slender Stalk
Lillie of the Valley decorate my walk.
Oh, don’t you wish that you could hear them ring?
That will only happen when the Fairies sing.

Simple and lovely! Enjoy and hopefully, before we know it, we’ll see some flowers blooming around here, too!


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Michael Finnegan – Begin Again!

Just a whole mess of fun this week – an Irish song in honor of St. Patty’s Day, a Ukulele, silly movements, and we go from slow to super-silly-fast!

And….some serious fun with rhyme!

Ready to watch and join me? Press play!


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Robbie The Rabbit!

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!

Oh – whoops. That’s the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland, not Robbie the Rabbit.

But boy – am I late! It’s the first time since maternity leave that I haven’t gotten my video to you on a Tuesday morning. Piper turned 2 this weekend and party prep, out of town visitors followed by our big Miss Nina & The Jumping Jack gig at Maxwell’s in Hoboken kept me very busy.  A little too busy! LOL!

So I’m a day late – but I’m here with a quick and simple rhyme and fingerplay for you about Robbie The Rabbit.  It’s easy to learn and follow along. So grab your little one and – Hop to it! ;)

Roly Poly

Back when I was a Gymboree Play & Music teacher, this one was a favorite of the little ones.

I’ve jazzed it up a bit to add a little energy. :)

It’s easy to sing and easy to follow along to, addresses early childhood concepts of in and out, up and down, etc. and works a some gross motor skills.

And of course, it’s just fun to say roly poly a lot.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!