Children’s songs are a natural means to work on language development by building vocabulary, providing repetition, working language memory and enhancing creativity. Songs with actions and movements built-in can also work on gross motor development. All of these children’s songs can be found with a search on YouTube.
1. Ring Around the Rosy-This song is good for “first words”. Once you practice 2-3 times, use an expectant pause before you say “fall” or “down”.
2. Hokey Pokey-This song is great for gross motor movement and for learning body parts, as well as learning left and right.
3. If You’re Happy and You Know it-This song works on emotions, as well as imitation and following directions.
4. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes-This song is great for learning body parts.
5. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-This song helps with imitation skills of the gestures. You ca also pause at the end of a phrase, such as….
Twinkle, Twinkle little . . . .(star)
6. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
7. BINGO-This song helps with beginning letter awareness.
8. Old MacDonald Had a Farm-This song can work on animal sounds and then your child can name the animal you should sing about next.
9. ABC’s Song-This song is great for early literacy. Pause and have your child fill in the letters.
10. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
11. The Wheels on the Bus-You can ask your child what should come next.
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