Favorite Songs

Babies and young toddlers LOVE it when parents sing to them! Older toddlers and preschoolers LOVE to learn songs to sing with you. (Click here to learn about all the ways that music helps children learn and develop!) Here are lots of favorite songs, lap rides, and finger rhymes

Songs:

A Ram Sam Sam, a Moroccan folk song. Lyrics and hand motions are here.

ABC Song / Alphabet Song: lyrics and mp3video, learn sign language letters and sign along

All the Fish are Swimming in the Water lyrics and hand motions

Are You Hiding? Done to the tune of Frere Jacques: “Are you hiding? Are you hiding? Yes I am. Yes I am. Now it’s time to come out, now it’s time to come out. Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!”

Five Little Ducks. video, lyrics and hand motions

Frere Jacques / Are you sleeping. lyrics, video

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. lyrics and mp3, video,  video of motions and Spanish version

Hokey Pokey. lyrics and motions

If You’re Happy and You Know It. lyrics and motions, video

I’m a Little Teapot. lyrics and mp3

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring. lyrics and mp3

Itsy Bitsy Spider. Lyrics and mp3 available here. Video.

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. lyrics and mp3

Old McDonald Had a Farm. lyrics and mp3

Ring Around the Rosie. lyrics and motions (for kids over 2 or 3, they can make one big circle. For younger toddlers, have them just circle with their parent, not the whole group)

Row Row Row Your Boat. lyrics, motions and variations

Shake and Stop. Oh you shake and you shake and you shake and you stop. (repeat 3x) Shake them up high, shake them down low, shake them on your tummy, and way down to your toes.

Skinnamarink. lyrics and motions

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear. lyrics and motions (note: there are variations on these lyrics)

Ten Little Bubbles. lyrics and video (bring out the bubbles for this one!)

The More We Get Together. lyrics and mp3

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. lyrics and mp3

Walk Bear: Take a little walk bear, walk bear, walk bear, take a little walk bear, walk bear walk

Way Up High in an Apple Tree. video

What’s in the box. lyrics “What’s in the blue box, the blue box, the blue box? What’s in the blue box? I don’t know. Let’s find out.” (This was a great tactic for diaper changing times when my son was about 18 months old… he would resist coming to the changing table, but all I had to do was toss a toy in the shoe box, shake it and sing this song, and he’d come running.)

Wheels on a Bus. lyrics and mp3  (Great song for babies: you can move their arms or legs for them as the “doors” open and shut, and “windshield wipers” go swish…)

Lap Rides

For each of these, the child sits in an adult’s lap. The adult bounces their knees, or does other actions as described. It’s a great way for parents and kids to interact while singing, and many of these are designed to inspire giggles with fun bumps and tickles.

Bumping Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon lyrics and movement

Grand Old Duke of York (aka Noble Duke)  lyrics and movement, video

Humpty Dumpty. words and variationsvideo

Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator video

Pony: Riding on a Pony Downtown. You better watch out, or you might fall down!

Popcorn: popcorn, popcorn in a pan, shake em up, shake em up, bam bam bam

Trot Trot to Boston lyrics and movement

Zoom Down the Freeway lyrics and movement

Rhymes

Criss-Cross Applesauce (rhyme)  words and motions

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed video, video of motions to do

Jack in the Box video

Round and Round the Garden (rhyme) words and motions – we use variation 3

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