When writing Sunny’s Song (on my I Am Happy album) I especially wanted Sunny to have a song all her own, just like Tick Tock. Animating Sunny’s Song on the upcoming Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 4 DVD, for me, will be a very special treat.
In the song, Sunny puts on her hat and boots, plays with a ball, and then plays with a pail and shovel. And of course, everything she wears is yellow.
Making Sunny in felt is great fun for young children. They can assemble the face, add the limbs, attach the rays, and add the ball and pail and shovel. For children who have seen Sunny on stage, on TV (on BabyFirst in the US and Latin America), or in the classroom will find this is especially fun.
Look for Sunny’s Song on my Kickstarter Campaign!
Click here to listen…Sunny’s Song (I Am Happy with Sukey Molloy, 2011)
This third post is about one of my favorite children’s songs, Five Little Ducks. The song lends itself well to felt art/play, and you can include as many ducks as you can make! It’s a great activity for counting, adding, and subtracting, and can be sung all together while using individual storyboards. Hiding individual ducks under ‘hills’ when they disappear during the song works well. The children love hiding the ducks, and bringing them back.
Five Little Ducks is about a mother and her ducks who, one day, go over the hill and far away, and one by one, the young ducks do not return. In my CD (listen below), the ducks return one by one at the end of the song, and happiness is restored. This is the perfect song to accompany felt art creations.
Five Little Ducks is one of the songs that will be included on my new Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 4 Mini Animations DVD scheduled for production in 2014. You’ll be hearing soon about my upcoming Kickstarter Campaign!
Stay tuned for my fourth post on Sunny’s Song.
Click here to listen…Five Little Ducks (I Like to Sing with Sukey Molloy, 2007)
Here’s my second post on Creating Felt Art & Song!
Colors of the Rainbow (from my I Like to Sing album), features lyrics about the many different colors we see in the rainbow, the many shapes all around us, and the many numbers in the universe beginning with one through ten.
I like to use several large felt boards on the floor, (I make them myself), with lots of rainbow shapes, colors, and numbers for all to share. The children can move around freely, sharing the space with friends and family, and explore the many different possibilities as they maneuver the pieces. There is no right or wrong way to play with felt. It’s simply a wonderful invitation to touch and discover.
When we’re ready to sing, I invite the children to bring their felt pieces to the standing board and easel. As we sing the different verses of the song, the children place their felt on the board, and in the end, we stand back and look at all we’ve created.
Colors of the Rainbow is to be included on my new Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 4 Mini Animation DVD, scheduled for production in 2014. Watch for more info.
And stay tuned for upcoming posts on Five Little Ducks and Sunny’s Song!
Click here to listen…Colors of the Rainbow (I Like to Sing with Sukey Molloy, 2007)
I’d like to share a series of blog posts with you about creating felt art with young children! I love creating children’s music, and the accompanying felt art images, characters, and storyboards I use in making animations for my Sukey’s Circle! DVDs. I thought you’d like to join in.
In the music and movement classes I teach, I include felt art for all to share. I begin by creating my own storyboards for stage and picture books, and then modify them for children’s play in my PlayMove&sing classes. I cut lots of felt shapes and colors so the children can create their own storyboards while we play, sing and move together.
Up in the Tree is about a bird, a monkey, and an owl who sing, laugh and hoot while looking down from up high in the tree. When we sing the song, we use lots of sound effects and body movements and imitate the animals we are playing with in felt.
Up in the Tree is one of the songs that will be included on my new Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 4 Mini Animation DVD, scheduled for production in 2014.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts on Colors of the Rainbow, Five Little Ducks, and Sunny’s Song!
Click here to listen…Up In The Tree (I Like to Sing with Sukey Molloy, 2007)
Hi Everyone! I’m excited about my new single, The Sun Shines. I released it just last month, and am offering it as a free download. Just click on the link below, and have the song forever! I wrote The Sun Shines while walking along the Hudson River. It’s a cheery song about the special warmth and joy we feel when the sun shines on our bodies. Just click to download the song, and please spread the word. Share it with a friend!
Upon remembering Nona, I felt it would make her very happy for me to introduce you to her son, Errol Robinson. Errol is like an older brother to me, and among other talents, he has made a career as a performing vocal artist. Like Nona, Errol is Panamanian born, and in his career, he has toured Europe, and Central and South America, and has performed before TV audiences as well as on radio and commercial spots. Errol showcases his talent with classic cover songs, reminiscent of an era gone by. Errol lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Christine. I thought Nona would love to have us hear Errol sing, as she loved to do. Errol sang for Nona and other residents at the Carroll Manor Nursing Home in DC shortly before she passed away at the age of 105. Here’s Errol Robinson singing Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, and, Wish You the Merriest. Thank you Errol.
Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, sung by Errol Robinson
Wish You the Merriest, sung by Errol Robinson
I’d like to share a very special person with you who has been a profound part of my life – Claricia Iona Cummings. Miss Cummings, endearingly referred to as Nona, joined my family from Panama when I was just five days old. At the time, we lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nona has been like a mother to me throughout childhood and adulthood, and incredibly, lived to be 105 years old, just 4 months shy of 106! Nona, with presence and awareness, passed away this October in Washington DC. Her life shines as an extraordinary example of humility, joyfulness, dignity, careful craft, and hard work, and those who knew her remain in awe of her graciousness and love.
In remembrance of Nona, I wanted to share a Russian lullaby I recorded in 2012. I think Nona would like it, and would feel comforted by its gentle melody. I invite you to listen, and to join me in honoring this very special person. For you Nona…I love you.
Russian Lullaby (from I Am Sleepy! with Sukey Molloy) ©2012
I am eager to share this wonderful coincidence with you. My neighbor and client, Danny Carragher, saw one of my Sukey’s Circle mini shows while vacationing in Panama, and his kids were thrilled to see Tick Tock in the archipelago. One never knows where Tick Tock might show up.
So nice running into you the other day! I just had to let you know about a funny thing that happened to us on vacation! We decided to take the family “off the grid” and flew down to Panama where we spent one night on the Panama Canal (quite amazing) and then early
the next morning took a prop plane to northern Panama and a 40 minute boat ride through the archipelago of Bocas del Toro to Isla Popa, a small island with one hotel and 5 indigenous tribes (or so we were told). Our room was smack dab in the middle of the rain forest and for the first few days we did nothing but swing in hammocks and jump in the ocean. One night the boys were a bit restless waiting for us to get ready for dinner so we decided to turn the TV on in our room (they actually had one, though we were told the satellite reception was spotty). After flipping through the channels a bit I found what looked like the children’s station and turned to head back to the bedroom… when suddenly we heard it – YOU, and the “Hello, Everyone” song (in Spanish!) coming from the television! I think it was our little guy, Cooper, who screamed first – “It’s Sukey!!!” The boys were in heaven… and, just when I thought they couldn’t adore you more, you’ve now been deemed an INTERNATIONAL superstar in their eyes.
The release of my new Sukey’s Circle (El Circulo de Sukey!) DVD is getting closer and I’m particularly excited about the fact that it’s bi-lingual! Children will be able to watch and listen in both English and Spanish, and it’s a really great opportunity for learning. I don’t speak Spanish myself, and I wish I had learned when I was young. However, during the recording and translating sessions, I was able to learn and sing many of the songs in Spanish, and am now becoming interested in learning the language! I’m excited to know that children who watch the new Sukey’s Circle! DVD will have the same opportunity to appreciate and learn the songs and dialogue in Spanish as well as English.
Here is a sample of yours truly singing Hola Todos (Hello Everyone), and, a sample of Maya Solovey singing Tic Toc (Tick Tock). Sing along with us!
Hola Todos (Hello Everyone) Click for audio
Tic Toc (Tick Tock) Click audio
I’m back from a family trip to Nepal and excited about the upcoming release of my newly recreated Sukey’s Circle “made-for-TV” Mini Shows DVD. As you know, Sukey’s Circle! is currently airing on BabyFirstTV in both Spanish and English, and I’ve been getting lots of fun emails and tweets from around the globe.
Sukey’s Circle! episodes are created specifically for families with children age 2-5 with an emphasis on active viewing, thoughtful listening, and participatory learning. Each of the 15 mini-shows features live action scenes and felt art animations which are set to my award winning music, and include my favorite Sunshine Family friends, Sunny and Tick Tock.
You can pre-order Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3: Mini Shows directly from my website prior to the July 30th release date. I’d love to hear from you with comments and reviews!
Click Here To Preorder Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3: Mini Shows