I am always looking for fun songs to sing with my son that he will enjoy singing, as well. This past week, I was reminded of a favorite song I teach in second grade called “Head and Shoulders, Baby“. It is a great song for practicing body parts, similar to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. It’s always a hit with my second grade students, and I realized it’s also perfect for singing along with little ones!
Here are things I look for in songs to sing with my baby:
- easy motions or movements they can do by themselves or with your help
- words or verses that can be easily changed to fit the situation
- simple songs easy for little ones to sing along (easy words and melody)
This song meets all of those things, so it’s a great choice for the little ones! The words are simple, so even toddlers can sing along with the song.
Head and Shoulders, Baby
Head and shoulders, baby, 1, 2,3
Head and shoulders, baby, 1,2,3
Head and shoulders, head and shoulders, head and shoulders, baby, 1,2,3
(second verse): knees and ankles, baby, 1,2,3
knees and ankles, baby, 1,2,3
knees and ankles, knees and ankles, knees and ankles baby, 1,2,3
(third verse): throw the ball, baby, 1,2,3
throw the ball, baby, 1,2,3
throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball baby, 1,2,3
To do the motions, you just follow the words of the song. You’ll pat (or tap) your head, shoulders, knees, ankles, and act out throwing a ball, or whatever the verse says. For the “1,2,3″ part, you clap your baby’s hands three times. For toddlers, you could also have them clap their own hands in between, but that is tricky.
The song is so great for improvising. I could sing “eat your breakfast, baby, 1,2,3″ or “turn the pages, baby, 1,2,3″.
Things your baby will learn through this song:
- practicing body part recognition
- coordinating movements while singing
- creating through improvisation
- practicing counting skills
What are your favorite songs to sing with your children?