Justin Fletcher Hands Up the Album – Review and Competition

justin fletcher hands upCall me sad but I’m a little bit of a Justin Fletcher fan.  I’m a little bit in awe of how he understands what kids find entertaining and has them eating out of the palm of his hand.  So when I was asked to review his latest CD I jumped at the chance.

My 1 year old is just becoming old enough to play with her 3 year old sister. What fun they had when I put this CD on for them, I haven’t seen them laugh so much in ages.

Hands Up is full of children’s favourites like ‘Heads,Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ but the vibrant dance beats behind give the songs added energy.  The opening Song ‘Hands Up’ had me dancing around the room with them, much to the amusement of my youngest.

The children’s favourite is ‘The Hokey Cokey’, we all joined in with the actions before collapsing in a heap of giggles at the end. I’m not usually a fan of children’s CD’s with twee tinkly music and the same songs dragged out time and time again.  Justin’s enthusiasm and well produced, energetic backing tracks makes Hands Up a refreshing change.

If you have a children’s party coming up Justin Fletcher’s CD would be perfect (there is even a calming lullaby at the end to bring the children back down to earth).

Justin Fletcher Hands Up … The Album is available for a retail price of £8.97 From Amazon.

Right from the Start readers have a chance to win a copy of the CD. Simply enter a comment asking a question relating to musical activities with children.

You might like to  request  a song idea, tune or lyric, an idea for introducing children to music, ideas for games or movement, ideas for a particular age group, how to encourage listening skills or perhaps you would like to know about the benefits of musical activities for the very young. All questions will inform future posts about music with young children.

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  • This competition is only open to residents of the UK and Ireland
  • Only one entry per person
  • Post a question on my Facebook Page for an additional entry.
  • Winners will be drawn at random at 11.59 on 16th March
  • Winners will be notified by email and names posted on this site.

Congratulations to Maya Russell who won this competition.  Maya’s question and other selected questions will be answered in posts over the next few weeks.  If you weren’t lucky enough to win there is a competition on my other site Practically Perfect Mums which runs till the end of the month.

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24 Responses to Justin Fletcher Hands Up the Album – Review and Competition

  1. iain maciver says:

    kids favourite tunes

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  2. Cath says:

    Does it matter what sort of music we play? Do children prefer children’s songs to pop or classical music?

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  3. ashleigh says:

    Is it better to do action songs when they’re younger?

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  4. Maya Russell says:

    What age is it best to introduce a proper instrument for your child to learn to play?

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  5. Rach says:

    WHere do the lyrics of popular nursery rhymes/sings originate from?

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  6. Nick Hopkins says:

    Which are the best songs to sing with older children who are 10 or 11?

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  7. Elaine Kidd says:

    How can I encourage my child to sing rather than just listen?

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  8. Kaz W says:

    What is the best age to introduce instruments?

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  9. Which are the best songs for teaching a baby so that they can learn basic sign?

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  10. whats the best way for me to remember nursery rhymes and actions?, im having a terrible time which dosent help my 2 yr old.

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  11. siobhan says:

    how do mothers know if there choosing the right music for their children ?

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  12. Christina says:

    My grandchildren adore this music

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  13. So many songs do ‘123’ ie numbers but very little songs deal with the basic ‘ABC’ for pre-schoolers. Would love some ideas or a direction in that area.

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  14. should we encourage children to play an instrument if they show no interest or leave them to make thier own mind up?

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  15. Lewis Pearce says:

    What age are children too old for nursery rhymes

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  16. chrissie bhaskar says:

    what age can you teach children sign language singing?

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  17. Lauren Main says:

    Does music affects children’s moods?

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  18. JANE says:

    WHAT BENEFITS DO CHILDREN GET FROM LISTENING TO DIFFERENT KINDS OF MUSIC, EG BALLET, OPERA, CLASSICAL ETC

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  19. Gillian Holmes says:

    Are there any child composers out there?

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  20. Can anyone recommend a good CD of traditional action songs for our toddler group?

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  21. deborah davies says:

    what is the best musical instrument to incourage my 9 year old to learn to play in school :o)

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  22. Allison Webb says:

    My 4 year old finds it hard to remember the numbers 13 to 20 in order, are there any other songs that could help other than the one that ends ’19 20 my plate’s empty’ ? Many thanks x

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  23. Karen says:

    Now that most children don’t go to church, and so don’t sing as many hymns, are they missing out on part of their childhood experience?

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  24. Adriana Clarke says:

    At what age should a child be allowed to listen to music through an i-pod for example &
    will it damage their ears if they are too young?

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