They Might Be Giants – classic music for kids

Sometimes in my search for new bands and fresh sounds, I forget the classics. They Might Be Giants fit that bill.

Stalwarts of the junior independent music scene, They Might Be Giants (TMBG) have been producing their special brand of humorous and quirky educational songs since 2004 (although have been making ‘grown-ups’ music since the eighties).

We briefly looked at one of my favourite TMBG albums, Here Come the ABCs, in 2009 (I’m sure my kids know more about conifers than the average adult thanks to ‘C is for Conifers‘). But don’t stop with the ABCs – there are three more TMBG albums for children to check out – No!, Here Come the 123s and Here Comes Science.

Perhaps because my children are now a little older, their listening has ‘graduated’ from alphabets and numbers to Here Comes Science, an album packed with the stuff that thrills kids – astronomy, palaeontology, chemistry and anatomy. Or, in kid-speak, that’s outer space, dinosaurs, gas and guts.

Don’t miss ‘I Am a Palaeontologist‘, the mystical ‘Roy G. Biv‘, the jolly tune ‘Cells‘ and the theme song for enquiring minds, ‘Put it to the Test‘. The stand-out? Chemistry classic, ‘The Elements‘.

Here Comes Science is available on iTunes for $16.99.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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