Friday, 30 December 2011

Baa Baa Black Sheep Nursery Rhyme Video - new! From Little Baby Bum!

Hello again. We've just uploaded our new video, Baa Baa Black Sheep

This new movie sees Baa Baa flying around space in his spaceship delivering his 3 bags of wool, so it's not the usual site for this traditional children's song :)
We sincerely hope you like it!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Half a million YouTube views!

AMAZING! What a great Christmas present! Our Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video has just passed the 500,000 mark.

Other news: our new Baa Baa Black Sheep animation is in the final stages of production and should be ready for release next week! *excited* Really looking forward to the next nursery rhymes from Little Baby Bum!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Regional and cultural variations; who watches Youtube videos with their children most? Mothers or fathers?

Now that our Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video has nearly 500,000 views(!) our viewing statistics have become a lot more meaningful as we now have a large pool of data to work with.

As you can see, the stats are broken down into male/female, by country and by age group with the number of views, as percentages, under each group.

The first thing to note is that the overall split between male and female is pretty close to 50:50. In the first month or so of uploading the split male:female was 15:85. I can't think why there has been a huge shift towards male viewers! Quite what this says about the roles of mothers/fathers I'm not sure. I'm willing to suggest that had we had the internet and YouTube back in the 1950s the figures would have probably been closer to 05:95!

Age groups are pretty much as one would expect with the largest pool in the 35-44 category. When combined with the 25-34 and 45-54, to cover a more realistic range of parents' ages, the total percentage of viewers is overwhelmingly the vast majority. I would pretty much expect to see this result.

For me personally, the stats become more interesting when we look by location. We can start to see relationships between certain age groups ie Philippines & Saudi 13-17 groups being the largest, by percentage for these countries. This is very different to all other countries where this age range is typically (one of) the smallest. Once again, I'm not sure what these results actually mean. Indeed it's also intriguing to see that in UAE and SA that there are no viewers in the 55-64 category. Again, these stats are open for debate and reasoning, but I find them truly fascinating.

The stats are absolutely full of amazing figures. Do you have any thoughts of your own? Any direct experience(s) of your own that tie in with the above picture?

For Nursery Rhyme Videos please visit our main Little Baby Bum website

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Nursery rhymes in the media

Here are some interesting links to nursery rhymes in the news and other media. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Absolutely fascinating stuff! :)

Music shared between three well known nursery rhymes in The Telegraph

Well, erm, another one from The Telegraph...have to admit to laughing out loud to this: "Toddlers have been told to stop making a “diamond” star sign while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in case the gesture is misinterpreted as sign language representing a female body part"

Writers and authors finding inspiration from nursery rhymes - article from the Working Writer's Club

Monday, 12 December 2011

10,000 YouTube views in one day!

Wow! We had our first 10,000 view day on Saturday for our Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video! We're hoping to hit 500k views by the end of the year too :)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Nursery Rhyme Videos coming soon...

We're currently working on the next animations and I'm happy to tell you that they're looking great! Baa Baa Black Sheep will be the next shortly followed by Incy Wincy (or Itsy Bitsy in US) Spider. If you haven't already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel,Little Baby Bum, so that you'll receive notification as soon as they're uploaded.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Nursery rhyme videos - why we make them!

The first nursery rhyme from Little Baby Bum was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We chose this traditional children's song, as our first animation, due to the reason that there seemed to be no hints towards a dark origin, or sinister meanings behind the lyrics, making it as free of controversy as possible! However, it has to be said that, a lot of nursery rhymes, which are aimed primarily at preschool kids, do have more sinister undertones and histories. See this Rhymes website for more background information. Some of the very detailed information contained here is incredible! Whilst it's a fact that not everyone agrees on each rhyme's origins or meanings, which are indeed very much up for debate still, the speculation, reasoning and stories make for a great read.

To bring us more up to date with present day thinking: one thing that can be stated as a fact is that nursery rhymes are hugely beneficial learning aids for your child. According to the Wikipedia article on nursery rhymes: and specifically regarding the importance of nursery rhymes on young children's development:

“It has been argued that nursery rhymes set to music aid in a child's development. Research also supports the assertion that music and rhyme increase a child's ability in spatial reasoning, which leads to greater success in school in the subjects of mathematics and science” - indeed these quoted facts are backed up by third party/independent research.

Of course the main reason to show your children these wonderful and highly colourful songs and traditional poems is because they're such great fun! It's also great that there are videos of nursery rhymes on YouTube which offer parents a zero-cost way to access all their old favourites such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Incy Wincy (or Itsy Bitsy) Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock and so on. Access to lots of free nursery rhymes is a brilliant way for parents to pass on their favourite songs from their own childhood to their baby and young children thereby keeping the old traditional songs alive. Having these songs made into videos propels them into the 21st century and keeps them very relevant. Let's not forget that it's so much fun for the adults to remember and choose all their favourite nursery rhymes for their own children and babies!

In a Guardian newspaper article from a few years ago, Booktrust asked 2500 people to vote for their favourite nursery rhyme and they then compiled a top 10. Do you agree or disagree? How about your children? Do they agree with this list?

At Little Baby Bum we pretty much agree with their top 10, although not necessarily the running order, and will be animating most of them.

Top 10 nursery rhyme songs:

1. Hickory Dickory Dock

2. Little Miss Muffet

3. Round and round the garden

4. Incy Wincy Spider (Itsy Bitsy in US)

5. Baa Baa Black Sheep

6. Jack and Jill

7. The grand old Duke of York

8. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

9. Humpty Dumpty

10. If you're happy and you know it (clap your hands)

Our first video, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, is soon to be followed up by Baa Baa Black Sheep and Incy Wincy Spider, which all feature in the top 10 nursery rhymes. If you have any requests and your favourite nursery rhymes are not included in this list then please do let us know

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Nursery Rhymes for Preschool

New Facebook page launched today called Nursery Rhymes for Preschool

This is a supporting page to the main and is designed to be more general.

Nursery rhyme videos

This article was written about my Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video:

For many many years parents have been using nursery rhymes to entertain their babies and even toddlers. We also use them to soothe them when we try to get them to sleep. One of the most popular of all of the nursery rhymes has to be Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I remember singing the following one to all three of my children when they were little.

I recently found a medium that was not around when my children were little and I decided to check out what YouTube had for the purpose of animated versions of the timeless classic nursery rhymes. I went out to YouTube the other day in search for the purpose of the best one I could find.

I found several animated videos of the timeless classic nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I watched them as well as listened to music accompanying the video and even found the one that as a parent I think would be the best one. I am English speaking and even it was important that I find English version of the video. I came across the one that fit my needs along with I really liked the fact that it was sung in a traditional British English language.

As far as the animation portion of the video I was really impressed with the visual content. I liked the use of star dust to represent the twinkling of the stars. The addition of the planets was a great touch. The closing of the video with the Star Family also added greatly to the experience. I especially liked that it was not a cartoonish animation, it genuinely added to the feel of the video as well as song.

I have heard that they will be preparing more videos of other nursery rhymes along with I definitely look forward to see them. These additional videos should be available some time next year.

To see the video for the purpose of yourself click the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star link

If you are looking for a more modern take on a timeless classic nursery rhyme, you really need to check this specific video out as well as subscribe to their channel as well as see what they have next.

Taken from:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 has Google PR5!

Another "wow"! My homepage Little Baby Bum has a Google pagerank of 5! I'm really happy about this as it means Google rates it very well indeed :)

Monday, 7 November 2011

100,000 views of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video!

Wow! My Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video just hit 100,000 views! it's taken just over 2 months to achieve and is *way* ahead of when I thought this would be possible with this little old nursery rhyme! *BIG GRIN* Thanks to everyone who have watched it. I've received some lovely messages from parents who've said that their little ones have loved the video. Such a good feeling!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Adorable Baby Clothing offer!

If you're looking for beautiful clothes for your child or baby then I would highly recommend taking a look at the Adorable Baby Clothing company. I'm based in the UK but they are fine to ship to here (and in fact worldwide). They just sent me details of an offer:

FALL SALE!! Use coupon code "fall" for 10% off
a minimum purchase of $25.00!! FREE preservation garment bag w/Special Occasion Clothing purchase!
Hurry--Offer expires October 30th!!

As you can see it's a really super deal - but it is time limited so get your skates on!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

YouTube: How to repeat one video automatically

I've been sent many messages to my YouTube channel from parents who tell me they need to play just the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video over and over to their children but they don't want to sit at their computer hitting replay continually. Some for over one hour! So here's a simple thing to do:

1. Go to the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video

2. Just under the video screen click the "Add to" button

3. Then click "New playlist"

4. Name new playlist "Nursery rhymes" or similar

5. Click on your name at the top of the screen, You will then see your favourites and any playlists you created. Click "view details" on the newly created one

6. Make sure "autoplay" is switched on (it's default setting is usually off)

that's it. So for future plays/repeats all you need to do is go to point 5 and in a couple of clicks you'll be auto replaying the video and can get on with other things whilst your toddler watches and enjoys!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video ranking on page one of YouTube search

I've been working hard to get better page ranking in YouTube - and after just 6 weeks I'm very happy to report that my Twinkle Twinkle Little Star animation now appears on

page 1 of YouTube!

Go to YouTube and search "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" with or without speech marks. You can see my video at the bottom. It started off on page 43 six weeks ago ans since then I've been putting into practice tons of YouTube SEO work which I've been learning on the fly. It's been a great learning curve but very rewarding. Hopefully the next video will be even quicker to reach the number one page. It will be interesting to see how being on page one will affect the number of daily viewing figures...I'll update my blog once it becomes clear. I'm also unsure how long I can "survive" on page one as it's a highly prized and competitive place to be. We shall see. Cross your fingers for me! xx

Friday, 14 October 2011

New Ezine article about nursery rhymes!

Article here

The article is primarily about the quality of most online nursery rhymes resources - i.e. not very high and what one woman is doing to try to address this!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

WOW! 25,000 YouTube views!

Holy manoli! 25,000 views?! for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!?





Crazy....but fantastic! Next stop.....50,000!

Oh and we're close to 100 subscribers too. Just 3 more to go! Yippee!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

10,000 views on YouTube!

Amazing! Our Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video has already passed the 10,000 view mark! We had really hoped that this would be achieved by the end of September (although we weren't sure if it was possible!) so you can imagine how happy we are about getting there today! :)

If you haven't seen the video yet please check it out here; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Little Baby Bum nursery rhymes website launched!

I'm really happy and excited to tell you that the new Little Baby Bum nursery rhymes and children songs website is up and running and looking very lovely. Pop over and take a look. We'll be adding more content regularly.

LittleBabyBum Website

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - ready to go!

At long last - our first video is online. Check it out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video from Little Baby Bum

We're really happy with the final result - we had most of the family involved either drawing, singing or writing the music. Excellent fun. We hope to do some more but need lots of hits to make it worth the effort!


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A new arrival

Ahh, a new arrival! Not the sound of little feet but the sound of a new blog! We started this blog as we're fed up of looking for nursery rhymes online that are true to the original versions. Why do people have to ruin them by adding new verses, new lyrics or even worse changing lyrics completely!

If you're a mum or dad of some little bundles that you want to soothe with some classic children's poems, songs, rhymes and stories you've come to the right place. Subscribe and you'll know about all the new additions coming up soon...

Much love