Music can be a fun way to help your child develop their language, motor, and memory skills. The rhythm of the music and the repetition words can not only help them build their vocabulary, it can encourage them to try sounds or words they might not attempt while talking. Most parents probably know the classics like Old McDonald and Itsy Bitsy Spider, so here are a few suggestions of silly songs you can add to your repertoire. Links are provided just to help you learn the tunes and actions because these are songs you and your child should sing and act out together!
I’m a Little Snowman- sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”, it introduces clothing and body parts in this seasonal song.
Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree- You can reinforce simple counting and kids love “snapping” like an alligator at the naughty monkeys.
Going on a Bear Hunt- This fun action song helps your child learn prepositions (in, over, under, and through) and new vocabulary (grass, mud, river, cave, binoculars) along with some creative play-acting!
Icky Sticky Bubble Gum- a silly song for learning body parts, as toddlers and preschoolers have fun getting their hands “stuck” to different body parts