Singing with your children is such a fun way to bond with them. Research has shown that babies even recognize their mother’s voice from the womb, as well as lullabies that were sung to them! Babies also show preference for their mother’s (or other caretaker’s) voices. If you have never sung with your baby, or young children, it’s not too late to start! There are so many fun songs for children, but today I want to share my list of ten songs every preschooler should know. If you have any song suggestions you would add to this list, I’d love to hear them!
Ten Songs Every Preschooler Should Know
1. ABC Song
This one is a song that will serve them well in preschool and school! It’s a great way to introduce or review their letters, and it’s also a tune they will hear often. I still sing this song in my head when I’m trying to alphabetize something 🙂
2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
This classic song shares a tune with the ABC Song. Children love learning about stars and space. This song also works well as a lullaby!
3. The Wheels on the Bus
Little ones love learning about cars, trucks, buses, planes. This song is perfect for your transportation unit! Students can add verses on to the song for a fun twist! You could also make your own bus out of a cardboard box, like in this post. My boys had so much fun!
4. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Whether you say “itsy bitsy” or “eensy weensy” spider, this song is sure to be a hit! This has been our go to song for traveling with little ones. We have sung this song countless times while trying to buckle babies into car seats. It always seems to help them calm down. For groups, check out this post about doing an itsy bitsy scavenger hunt!
5. Mary Had a Little Lamb
This fun song about Mary and her pet lamb that follows her to school is so much fun! This song is great for dramatic play. We have a lamb puppet, but you could easily use a lamb stuffed animal, or print out a picture of a lamb and glue it to a popsicle stick for an easy stick puppet.
6. Baa Baa Black Sheep
This song is great paired with Mary had a little lamb. Also good for dramatic play! Check out this post I wrote last year about Baa Baa Black Sheep dramatic play.
7. If You’re Happy and You Know it
This song is great for practicing motions while singing! It’s sure to put a smile on your little one’s face!
8. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
This song is great for body part recognition! It’s also a fun song to practice getting faster and faster! If you’re doing an all about me unit in your preschool or kindergarten, this is a great song to incorporate! (Check out my lesson plan for all about me preschool music)
9. Frere Jacques (Are You Sleeping)
Also known as Where is Thumpkin?, this fun song is always a hit!
10. Old MacDonald
This song is great for practicing animal sounds with young ones, dramatic play, and memory recall. My boys love farm animals, and they have lots of toys that go along with a farm theme. This song is great for dramatic play, where your child gets to come up with the animals and their sounds!
What songs would you add to this list?