When I was a young child in the olden days, I remember many hymns designed for children which were pleasant and uplifting without the need for 'dumbing down'.
Just call me a miserable old git.
................... and some of them were incredibly beautiful, written by absolute masters of their hymn writing craft. The words might not, particularly, be suitable for 21st century life but some of the music is, just, totally excellent.
I remember quite a few hymns I sang as a child:
"I love God's tiny creatures" - set to music by Gordon Slater - (Bilsdale - one of the most beautiful tunes I know!)
"Little drops of water" - music by Martin Shaw (Camber)
"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild" - again, music by Martin Shaw (Gentle Jesus)
"Daisies are our silver" - music by K.G. Finlay (Glenfinlas)
"Jesus, friend of little children" - more Martin Shaw (Westridge)
"Glad that I live am I" - Geoffrey Shaw (Water End)
"God, who made the earth" - Evelyn Sharpe (Platt's Lane)
add to that all those tunes by those two famous composers - 'trad' and 'anon'
"Jesus, gentle shepherd - (Shipston)
"God, whose name is love" - (Haslemere)
"Sing to the Lord" (St. Hugh)
and, later, beautifully written tunes like St. Botolph (Gordon Slater) , Kingsfold ('trad'), Dundee (Scottish Psalter) - the list is endless!
Singing these hymns/tunes in assemblies as a small child, I remember thinking, even then, how beautiful they were. I remember looking at the hymn board before assembly and looking forward to singing one of the above. I'm sure that they had something to do with me becoming a musician and I'm not sure that some of the music that is put before children today would have had the same effect.
................................. but, perhaps, I'm just a miserable old git!!