Friday, June 22, 2012

Kickin' it old school - toddler style

Tricky has been going to Jump 'n' Jive for half an hour most weeks for the last school term. It's the exact same thing as Laugh 'n' Learn, Romp 'n' Stomp, Wiggle 'n' Giggle and Dance 'n' Prance. In fact, in order to hold a successful toddler dance program it appears that all you need is alliteration, rhyming and a disproportionate number of apostrophes. Oh, and a Hi5 CD.

Every week I go along and every week I feel like the biggest dick in the world as I jump and/or jive along to the music pretending to be a rocket ship, a robot, a clown or whatever the hell it is this week.

As I fall over my own feet and almost crash in to people pretending to be pirates I look around the room and notice that all the other mums and grandmothers not only know all the dance moves, but all the bloody words to the songs, too. I mean it took me six whole weeks to realize the monster had six dirty ears not six thirty ears. I don't even know what six thirty ears means and yet I could swear that is what the song said.

If the class was split by skill level then then I'd be put in a group by myself. Maybe they'd put the nanna who has emphysema and can't shake her groove thing without knocking some kid out cold with her oxygen cylinder with me. You know, to bring down their liability insurance.

Now don't get me wrong, I can sing along to and do all the actions of the Flippy Floppy Scarecrow like nobody's business. Ditto for Miss Munchausens Miss Polly and the rest of the old school songs. But as soon as The Wiggles or Hi5 come on I'm lost and find myself muttering 'kids today' under my breath. I can't even have Hi5 on in the house without thinking that someone spiked the channel 9 water cooler with crack.

So Tricky and I prefer to kick it old school with our nursery rhymes. Plus some of our toys. Yes, I know, I know, it looks like I shoved a toaster on my kid's head but I promise you I didn't. He bloody loves his robot hat, and, just quietly, he does the best robot dance you've ever seen... along to a Hi5 song!

Are you old school with your kids? You know, when you put the iPad down?


26 comments:

  1. I love some CRAFT..


    Have you watched Mr Maker?

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  2. abby @ thingsforboysJune 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Haha! I always feel like an idiot too and wonder why all the other Mum's seem so happy. I think people are either lyrics people or tune people. Hubby never listens to or remembers lyrics. He dedicated a song to me on the radio once (a million years ago) and I said 'um, do you know what this song is about?' He said 'not really, I just like the tune. That's ok then I guess, cos he's singing about hating his girlfriend :/ Oops!

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  3. I love old-school games with my niece and nephew! Those kind of hands on crafty games are always the ones they rave about later!

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  4. Loooooooove Mr Maker! I like toys that are simple and don't do everything for you. Create it and make the noises yourself, I say :)

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  5. Bahaha it's just like when people choose The Special Two by Missy Higgins as their wedding song... it's about breaking up!!

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  6. Yep exactly, the ones that they need to put in a bit of effort in to :)

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  7. When you return from your trip, please come clean my table. I spat pizza all over it as i choked while snort-laughing re: emphysema nana. That shit is gold. xxx

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  8. I loved music classes with my oldest (second kids don't seem to get to these classes) the funniest was once we were invited to go along with a friend to a class, it was fun, til the end when we got into the Thank the Lord for my big smile and some other god type kiddy song. I actually knew them all from my own religious upbringing, but I felt a little odd about it all.


    Now I have the song in my head....If I was a crocodile, I'd thank you Lord for my big smile, and if I was an itty bitty worm....come on sing and dance along!

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  10. Robot dancing is awesome. Especially if you have an awesome robot hat like Tricky's.
    Fuck the Wiggles and Hi-5 and all that shit.

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  11. LOL Cracked me up as usual. Great post

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  12. What a crack up you are. "someone spiked the channel 9 water cooler with crack" I died when I read this.


    Great job on the robot head. What a cool idea to use the pepsi box. Very clever.

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  13. The one we go to ends with a song very similar. We always seem to be putting our shoes on during that song... :P

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  14. That woman can dance! Oxygen tank doesn't hold her back at all.

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  15. Only had it 24 hours so don't know yet. I'm not getting any notifications so I had no idea I had comments.

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  16. Since writing this I've had Robot #1 stuck in my head... a Hi5 song. Kill me.

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  17. It already had eye-holes. BIG advantage when you're not very crafty!!!

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  18. Pfft Tricky seems to have all the moves he needs. Bet none of those 'other mothers' can't vlog…do they huh do they even know what a blog is and why its called that…


    oh shoot. Just realised i have my judge's wig on. Not on now.
    Love the craft u do. Yes I do.
    D xx

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  19. LOL Denyse, you can always make me smile no matter what xxx

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  21. All kids are born dancers, the way they move their little hands and legs is super entertainment !!

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  22. Great pics! We're pretty old school. No rocking homemade robot hats, but definitely old school nursery rhymes. We only have one Wiggles DVD and even that's one of the nursery rhyme collections!

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  23. Toddler dance classes sound like my idea of torture! I didn't even know such a thing existed. Some days I'm old school with the kids. I assume this means giving them a cardboard box to play with while I bake scones?

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  24. Oh they do old school Wiggles? Awesome!

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  25. Cardboard boxes are THE best toy ever. I hope you're wearing a 1950's apron while you make those scones.

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