Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Project

A series of fun, engaging videos of families with children under the age of five performing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in languages spoken in their home. Produced to engage more families in singing with their children.

This programme was designed to link in with Kirklees’ wider ambitions to encourage communities’ involvement in music across Kirklees with families from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. To improve family’s awareness of the importance of music in early language development and the offers that are available from Libraries and Early Years settings. This is the first in a series of projects to promote the benefits of music to families in the lead up to the Year of Music 2023.


Full Mix

English & Makaton



Urdu & Punjabi





Benefits of Music

All children, from the very youngest babies enjoy singing and rhymes.  Babies and young children love to hear the sound of their parents voice, in fact babies in the womb can recognise their mother’s voice between 24 to 27 weeks, so it really never too early to start.

Enjoy rhymes together and your children will have the best start in developing their listening and talking (and later their reading and writing).

Young children show a great deal of curiosity.  They love to make a noise and see the reaction it gets.  Help everyone from babies upwards to channel their musical genius with everyday household items or even make some of your own. 

Download the free – Kirklees 50 things to do before you’re five App for more information.

Even more ideas for creating music at home with under-fives available at – BBC Tiny Happy People.

If you have children over five, visit BBC Bitesize.


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