The Music

Active Babies Smart Kids – The Music

Love the music you hear at on our Active Babies Smart Kids onlne series? We do too!

The beautiful baby songs have been composed by Candylion and Tessarose Music Productions.

Click here to download tessarose and Candylion Music

Candylion Music

Wendy Van Kesteren and Christophe Magnan

CanylionWendy and Christophe were an Australian/French team in work and life. Being parents, professional musicians and having friends in the GymbaROO team, the Active Babies Smart Kids TV series provided a great opportunity for them to turn their hand to children’s music, with fabulous results!! And so began Candylion.

Wendy: “It has been very interesting to rewrite and ‘play’ with these songs that hold such treasured memories for me. We hope you enjoy Candylion’s refreshed versions of these great songs and nursery rhymes and that they help to create some loving and lasting memories for you and your children too”.

Wendy and Christophe performed, composed and wrote songs together for over 20 years. Tragically, at the age of 48 and not long after completing the Candylion album, Wendy died from cancer. Christophe and their musical son, Alexandre remain in France. Christophe continues to perform regularly in Europe. When he is not entertaining, he composes and records music; producing albums for various projects, writing sound tracks for films, web sites and advertisements.

Tessarose Productions

Tessa Grigg and Brian Ringrose

Kiwis, Tessa Grigg and Brian Ringrose, formed Tessarose Productions in 1999. The music, (all 700 songs), has been created with young children’s developmental needs and the latest findings in early education in mind. The songs are simple and slow enough for young children to understand and then respond to, and the words repetitive and clear so children can sing along.

Tessa Grigg (B.Ed, Dip Tch (Primary) Dip Tch (ECE): Tessa has a wide range of experience within the Early Childhood Education field. She has taught in a Primary School, supervised a Pre-school with specialist work in the sensory motor area, worked as a Child and Family Therapist, taught Nanny students and has owned and operated a GymbaROO centre for 9 years. Tessa’s experience in teaching pre-school children spans 30+ years but the strength in her experience is that is has been in a variety of settings.

Brian Ringrose – Entertainer: Brian had over thirty years’ experience in the music business, both in the recording field and as a performing artist. He performed both nationally and internationally and was part of the original Invaders Band that played with Ray Columbus. Brian worked for television (a fifteen year involvement) and played to live audiences on a regular basis while also working in his recording studio during the day. Music produced by Brian has been sold internationally with feedback that recognises his versatility and creative abilities. Sadly, Brian recently passed away.

We would also love to acknowledge and thank dearly, the following artists who contributed a beautiful song each to our series:

Wendy Fine Music

Song: Little Pig Jazz (Episode 3)
From CD Sing to Me, I’m Yours by Judy Irwig
Wendy Fine and Judy Irwig:

Hal Palmer

Song: Oh What a Miracle (Episode 4)
For more information and to purchase this song contact: Hap Palmer
Hap-Pal Music:

Episode Overview

EpisodeSong TitlesSong ArtistActivity and EquipmentSpecialist in Episode
1: Tummy TimeDr Meredith Sheil
 Twinkle Twinkle Little StarTrad/ Ringrose Exercise
 Everybody RollingTrad/CandylionTummy time exercise: Strength and vestibular
 She’ll be Coming Round the MountainTrad/CandylionDance
 Open Shut ThemTrad/CandylionMaracas or shakers
 Brahams LullabyTrad/ RingroseMassage
2: Baby ExercisesDr Meredith Sheil
 Round and Round the GardenTrad/CandylionFingerplay
The Ants go MarchingTrad/CandylionExercise
Rocking all Around Like a Boat on the SeaGrigg/RingroseRolling/rocking from side to side: Strength and vestibular
SwingingBrian RingroseDance
The More we are TogetherTrad/CandylionMaracas or shakers
Jack and JillTrad/CandylionAction song: Strength and vestibular
My BonnieTrad/RingroseMassage
3: Baby MassagePinky McKay
These are Baby’s FingersTrad/CandylionFinger/footplay
Little Pig JazzJudy IrwigExercise
Peek a BooTrad/Candylion Exercise: Kicking and leg raises
Hokey PokeyTrad/RingroseDance
Giddiup HorsesTrad/RingroseAction song: Strength and vestibular
The Clock TicksGrigg/RingroseMaracas or shakers
Shake and StopTrad/CandylionMaracas or shakers
Lullaby for AlexandreCandylionMassage
4: Baby’s BalanceDr Jane Williams
 Scrub your Dirty HandsTrad/CandylionFinger/Footplay
 Oh what a MiracleHap PalmerExercise
 I’m a Little AeroplaneTrad/RingroseExercise: Strength and vestibular
 Hey Diddle DiddleTrad/RingroseExercise: Tummy surfing
 Horse Get AboutGrigg/RingroseDance
 Two Little SausagesTrad/CandylionTamborine or shakers
 Flugar PolkaBrian RingroseTambourine or shakers
 ChopsticksTrad/RingroseMassage with scarf or soft cloth
5: Baby’s Speech and HearingDr Luke Sammartino
Two Little SausagesTrad/CandylionFingerplay
Rocking DucksBrian RingroseExercise
Everybody RollingTrad/CandylionExercise: Rolling over
TangaROOBrian RingroseDance
Little Peter RabbitTrad/CandylionMaracas or shakers
Peace Like a RiverTrad/RingroseMassage
6: Baby’s VisionDr Meredith Sheil
 Clap Clap Clap your HandsTrad/CandylionFinger/Footplay
 This Is My BodyGrigg/RingroseExercises on tummy
 Rock’n Roll Ball DanceGrigg/RingroseExercise: Strength and vestibular – Balls or balloons
Roll ’emBrian RingroseExercise: Strength and vestibular – Balls
 Follow the LeaderTrad/RingroseDance
 Rattle RattleGrigg/RingroseMaracas or shakers
 Michael Row the Boat AshoreTrad/RingroseMassage with ball
7: Baby’s Body AwarenessDr Jane Williams
This Little PiggyTrad/CandylionFinger/Footplay
Hot Cross BunsTrad/CandylionExercise
Row RowTrad/CandylionExercise: Strength and vestibular
Obodian DanceBrian RingroseExercise: Tummy Time Drag
BeansBrian RingroseDance
Band in My HouseBrian RingroseSaucepan and wooden spoon or other
Frere JacquesTrad/CandylionMassage with oil
8: Music and Rhythm for BabiesDr Jane Williams
 Two Litte DickibirdsTrad/CandylionFingerplay
The Wheels on the BusTrad/RingroseExercise
Did You Ever See a Lassie?Trad/RingroseDance
Shake and StopTrad/CandylionBells, keys or other
Humpty DumptyTrad/RingroseAction Rhyme: Strength and vestibular
I Hear ThunderTrad/RingroseMassage
Pat a CakeTrad/CandylionMassage
9: Baby’s Hand DevelopmentDr Meredith Sheil
 If You’re Happy and You Know ItTrad/RingroseFinger/Footplay
 Here We Go Gathering Nuts in MayTrad/RingroseExercise
 Upside Down WorldGrigg/RingroseExercise: Upside down
 Everybody RollingTrad/CandylionMaraccas
 Follow the LeaderTrad/RingroseBubbles
Hickory Dickory DockTrad/CandylionAction Rhyme: Strength and vestibular
Rub a Dub DubTrad/RingroseAction Rhyme: Strength and vestibular
Guitar WaltzTrad/Ringrose Massage: Rhythm stick or other
10: Baby ReflexesDr Jane Williams
 I Take my Little HandsTrad/CandylionFinger/Footplay
 Oh I do Like to be Beside the SeasideTrad/RingroseExercise
 Jack be NimbleTrad/CandylionExercise: Strength and vestibular
 Michael Row the BoatTrad/RingroseVisual development: Parachute
 Feet BeatBrian RingroseDance
 Old McDonaldTrad/CandylionMaracas or shakers
 Incy Wincy SpiderTrad/CandylionMassage
 I Know a Little PussyTrad/Ringrose Massage
11: Baby’s Feet DevelopmentFilmed in a GymbaROO centreDr Luke Sammartino
GymbaROO ‘Hello’ SongGrigg/Ringrose
The Old MacMassageTrad/RingroseExercise and massage
Beautiful BowlBrian RingroseDance
The Sheep Dog SongBrian RingroseBells
 GymbaROO ‘Good Bye’ SongGrigg/Ringrose
12: Crawling and CreepingDr Jane Williams P.O. Box 646 Wahroonga, NSW 2076