Today, I have a cute song for you. This song is one that I have done with kindergarten and first grade, and it is always a big hit. I used to sing it when my oldest was a baby (it helped to hold his attention during diaper time) and just recently I have started singing it to my now 4 month old.
The great thing about this song is that you can change the words to make the horse (Joe) do different actions. For diaper changes, I like adding songs or rhymes because they provide opportunities to connect with your baby by making eye contact and speaking/singing to them.
I start with trot old Joe, and I gently move my baby’s legs while singing. I like to add “jog old Joe”, “walk old Joe” , “gallop old Joe” and “run old Joe”. My oldest, who is now two, loves the song and asks “one more time” when he hears me singing it. He stands up and runs in place. It’s so funny.
I did find a couple different versions of the song on youtube that you can check out here and here (I like to always preview first in case any ads might pop up that I don’t want my little guys watching). The videos don’t show different words, but you can hear how the tune goes, and see different ideas to go along with the song.
I love how easily you can change the song. The other day, Old Joe sang better than any horse we knew. You can get as creative as you like. You could even make Old Joe be something other than a horse…
*I’m linking up this post with I Can Teach My Child!