Children’s Songs

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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