There are many benefits to singing activity songs with toddlers. Children are naturally drawn to music. Children learn through music and singing with children increases a bond between parent and child. Singing action songs can also help a child’s fine and gross motor skills. Music also helps with a child’s language development.
When singing action songs with children, parents can begin singing with infants. Instead of doing the movements themselves, the parents could help the baby do the movements by moving the babies arms back and forth or helping the infant touch his/her head. As they baby becomes a toddler, the toddler can do the movements on his/her own while mom and/or dad do the motions on their own.
Here is a list of interactive songs that parents can sing with their children. These songs encourage children to use their bodies, develop their vocabulary, and provide bonding experiences for the parent and child. There are many other songs that can be sung together. Any exposure to good, positive music is beneficial to children so parents don’t have to worry about doing it all, just doing what they can.
Ring Around the Rosies
Ring Around the Rosies is another song that gets children moving around. This song allows children to use their gross motor skills within a social setting. It helps them learn to work with others by not going slower or faster than the others in the group. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear is another song that helps with gross motor skills.
The Wheels on the Bus
The Wheels on the Bus is another fun song to sing with toddlers. After the child has learned the different parts of the song, parents can ask the children what part of the bus they would like to sing about next. This helps the toddlers develop their memory skills.
Singing anything to a child helps build strong language skills. Add motions and children can build up their gross and motor skills along with the language skills. Parents can make up songs or change words to a song they already know. Children love Patty Cake when the word baby is replaced with the child’s name. This helps build a child’s self awareness.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Music and songs help build a child’s sensory awareness as well. The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a song that can help build the child’s sensory awareness. The child and parent can discuss the song and how things feel in the rain and in the sunshine.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes is an action song that can help children learn vocabulary. It also gets children moving. In the beginning, when their fine motor skills are slow, sing the song slowly. Don’t move onto the next body part until the child has moved his/her hands to the appropriate body part. As they get older, they will want to try to sing the song faster.
If You Are Happy and Know It
Children learn to express themselves through songs and music. One activity song that can help teach them about body expressions is If Your Happy and You Know It.
The Hokey Pokey
The Hokey Pokey is another action song that can help build vocabulary and gross motor skills. Singing songs like Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed can help teach math concepts. Children enjoy their parents interacting with them. Singing songs with children helps children become developmentally well rounded individuals.
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