“Movement is an absolute necessity for a toddler, and music stimulates the best kinds of movement.”

– Don Campbell

You’ve got the music in you! Even though you may not like to hear yourself sing…your child does! Young children seem to have a natural attraction to music. Through songs and music young children learn new vocabulary words, the grammatical rules of language and rhyming patterns which are so important for later reading skills. Songs and rhymes also help develop memory and listening skills, specifically discriminating between different sounds in the language. In addition, music impacts emotion which is a factor that has been proven to enhance a learning event. So get ready to shake your sillies out, get crazy and sing some songs with your child!!

 

Jump Frog

Froggy, froggy jump up and down.
Jump up and down,
Jump up and down.

Froggy, froggy jump up and down.
Now sit back down.

(Sing the song standing up and jumping.  On the last verse have everyone sit back down.)

 

 

Choo Choo

Choo Choo Train,
Choo Choo Train,
Go go slow.

Choo Choo Train,
Choo Choo Train,

Go so fast!
 
 

If You’re Happy

If your happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If your happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If your happy and you know it,

Then your face will surely show it,
If your happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.

If your mad and you know it, stomp your feet,
If your sad and you know it, wipe your tears
If your tired and you know it, go to sleep
Extend the song by adding other movements with feelings
(silly-make a face, agreeable-nod your head, etc..)

Little Snowman

I’m a friendly snowman big and fat.
(stretch arms out a sides)
Here is my tummy and here is my hat.
(point to tummy and then top of head)
I’m a happy fellow, here’s my nose.
(smile and then point to nose)
I’m all snow from my head to my toes.
(point to head and toes)
I have two bright eyes so I can see
(point to eyes)
All the snow falling down on me.
(flutter fingers downward)
When the weather’s cold I’m strong and tall.
(stand up tall)
But when it’s warm I get very small!
(crouch down low)

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

 

 

 

Spider Dance

(sung to the tune of “Farmer In The Dell”)
Spider crawl around, (children crawl around)
Spiders up and down, (stand up, bend down)
Spiders, spiders make a web, (join right hands to form a spoke)
Spiders circle ‘round. (walk around in a circle together)

Spiders in and out, (crawl fingers on left hand, down and back on right arm)
Spiders all about, (repeat crawl action)
Spiders, spiders make a web,

Spiders now sit down. (children sit down)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes,
Eyes and ears, and a mouth and a nose,
Head shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.