Matilda the Gorilla

Easy songs to play on the ukulele

If you are looking for ways to get kids engaged at circle time, look no further than the ukulele!

It’s one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and kids love it!

Kids also love it when the songs you play on the ukulele are interactive. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love a good open mic night, but sing-alongs are WAY MORE FUN!

Wait, me play the ukulele?!?

Ok, we should probably address the elephant in the room here ie. playing the ukulele. It may not currently be in your bag of tricks, but before you just write it off for reasons such as “you aren’t musical”, “your hands are too big or too small” or “you are too old”, check out my blog, 3 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Play the Ukulele.

Matilda the Gorilla for the win!

“Matilda the Gorilla” is great for kids to sing because it has a repeating chorus that’s easy to join in on. I mean, who doesn’t love singing like a gorilla?!?

It also tells a story so it keeps everyone’s attention as they listen to the verses. To make it even more meaningful, teachers will love the rich language and rhyming that foster pre-reading skills.

Ready to give it a try on your ukulele? Watch the video below, then print the activity guide and ukulele chords and you’ll be playing in no time!

>>>Download the activity guide and ukulele chords FREE!<<<

Not sure how to play the ukulele but want to try? You are in luck! Take my 4 week online ukulele class and with a little practice you will be playing a ukulele superstar!

It’s a perfect beginner class geared for preschool teachers (anyone can join, I just teach songs little kids like) for those who have never played an instrument in their life, but are ready to give it a shot. Click here to learn more about the class!

ukulele class for teachers

MusicallyMinded

A Seattle-based music education business specializing in early childhood music and movement classes founded by Jocelyn Manzanarez in September of 2003. Jocelyn held her first class in the basement of the Tahoma School District bus barn in Maple Valley, Washington with just six babies. Along with their mamas, Jocelyn cultivated the babies’ innate musical abilities and interests through play, song, movement and love. She knew her quest to touch as many young children as possible had begun. This first class will also be known as Musically Minded’s first Budding Beethovens.

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