Mad, from Big Block Singsong – cool it down

 th-3Mad, from Big Block Singsong is a sing-along that teaches children an effective way to cool it down and feel better when they’re feeling mad.


Bibliographic Info:  Brown, Warren & Goddard, Adam  Mad, from Big Block Singsong  Disney Junior (2013) Format: Children’s Music Video, DVD, CD  Platform: YouTube, artist’s website  Channel: Disney Junior Official on YouTube  Interest Level: children under 10  Genre: short format TV series  Themes:  Feelings, Emotional Development, Social Development, Sing-alongs, Positive Thinking, Understanding

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Mad, from Big Block Singsong was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on March 21st, 2015 and has been selected for the MusicVideoWOW collection.  Read the Storytime section below for details on why it was selected.

madSummary:  In this sweet children’s music video, a big orange block from Big Block Singsong (the enjoyable animated musical series on Disney Junior) teaches a mad purple block how to calm down and feel better.

Review:  Mad, from Big Block Singsong is a children’s music video that teaches kids to let go of anger.  It’s main character, a big orange block, begins by expressing empathy for an angry purple block.  With sensitivity and understanding, he sings “everybody out there gets mad.”  Then the emotionally intelligent orange guy proceeds with the singable chorus… a trick for how mad purple block (and all of us) can cool it down.  Colorful blocky background singers chime in with more good advice, such as “think about it”, “talk about it”, and “talking about it might help you feel better… might help you not feel so mad.”

Storytime:  Ask children if they have ever felt mad.  Give some child-centered examples of when you have felt mad.  Then, tell them Big Orange Block can show them a trick that will help them feel better when they’re mad.  Here’s what they can do!  Watch, sing and move-along to Mad, from Big Block Singsong (and follow the orange block’s prescription).  By teaching kids the lyrics and adding movements, the piece will also function as a cool down between stories.  Before playing the video, the presenter should practice the lyrics and movements with groups.

BBSS_121_Mad_03Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
 Breathe out.
Breathe in.
Take some time.
Count to ten.
Now you’re ready
to begin
to cool it down.
Check back for suggested choreography to create a movement layer for storytime.

Mad, from Big Block Singsong meets the StorytimeWOW Standards for Music Videos.  This video:

  • has universal appeal
  • has that “WOW” factor (it’s enjoyable for groups of children)
  • is well-suited for repetition (it can be played as a regular element during storytimes)
  • provides viewers with a happy takeaway
  • is free of squirmy moments (this sing-along is highly engaging)
  • hits the storytime target audience’s interest level (young children)
  • includes participation or lends itself to group interaction (teach kids the chorus and add storytimeWOW’s suggested movement layer)

-1Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness:  This sing-along can be used to remedy upset spirits.  Remember, naming and expressing feelings is a key cognitive development experience for kids during their preschool years.  Always encourage children to talk about their feelings.

Watch-alikes:   Happy, from Big Block Singsong   Here We Go, from Big Block Singsong  Octopus, from Big Block Singsong

Links:  Creator’s website   YouTube   DVD Volume 1-Amazon   Greatest Hits Album

BBSS_121_Mad_04Early Childhood Education and Development

The following lists the stand-out benefits of Happy across various early childhood education (ECE) and child development checklists.

1.  Mad, from Big Block Singsong provides young children with the opportunity to practice the following Pre-Reading Skills (see full list of pre-reading skills here):

  • Knowing the names of things (vocabulary)
  • Being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words (phonological awareness)

2.  This video provides opportunities for caregivers to utilize the early literacy-building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):

  • Singing helps children learn new words and vocalize.

3.  This video follows Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):

  • Integrate more new media materials and technology.  Cultivate media literacy by modeling media literacy behaviors.
  • Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings.  Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.

Why I Chose to Review this Video:  Mad, from Big Block Singsong is a children’s music video that teaches children a valuable skill they will use for the rest of their lives.  

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!