Friday, January 22, 2010

Songs to Motivate Your Kids: From Counting to Cleaning

One of the ways to get my daughter to move is to sing while we work.  She has started to sing "clean up, it's time to clean up" before nap time and before bedtime.  It makes me smile. I started to wonder if there were other songs we could sing to help motivate her to help me and to help her learn.

Searching the WWW, I came across a comprehensive site called BusSongs.comPreschool also had a large list of songs to sing with your children. The sites also include lyrics for each of the songs.

Experts believe that music helps preschoolers develop better abstract thinking skills.  By singing or playing music, they  are also engaging more of their senses.  Studies have shown that when children enter school, they are more likely to do better in the maths and sciences if they have been exposed to music regularly through song or through learning to play music. They also have more focus, play better with their peers, and have higher self-esteem.

Here are some songs that you can sing with your kids throughout the day .

Hokey Pokey (I modify this to get my daughter dressed)
Dressed in the Morning, Getting Dressed, Old Shoes, New Shoes, Let's Put On Our Socks

Be Our Guest
I'm a Little Teapot
Fruit Salad (from The Wiggles)

Mealtime Song
I'm Getting Very Hungry, It's Off to Lunch We Go, When We Eat Together, and Are You Hungry

Manners, Table Manners, and Friends

Brushing Your Teeth/Loose Teeth/Dentist
I've Been Brushing, Got My Toothpaste, Brush Your Teeth,  A Toothbrush, 
Brush, Brush, Brush, Your Teeth
There's a Hole in Your Smile, The Dentist's Song

Covering Mouths When Sneezing
Sneeze Song, I Need a Tissue, and Cough or Sneeze

Cleaning up
Whistle While You Work
Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho
This is the Way, Clean Up Time, Clean Up Song

Washing Hands
Wash Your Little Hands, Wash Your Hands
Wash, Wash, Wash, Your Hands

Potty Songs (from Potty Training Concepts)
Tinkle, Tinkle, on the Potty

The Alphabet Song
Today Is...
Sunday, Monday 
Months of the Year
This Old Man 
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

The Oompa-Loompa Songs
Give a Little Whistle

This Little Piggy 
What Will You Buy, Clipping Coupons, and Shopping Song (from Everything Preschool)

Car Safety
Safety Belts, Seat Belt Safety, The Car Song, and Buckle Up (Scroll down to find the lyrics)

Bath Time
Splish Splash (Elmo version)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Rock-a-Bye Baby
Lullaby and Goodnight 
Close Your Eyes Go to Sleep 
Irish Lullaby
Hush Little Baby


Faith Imagined said...

My son sings a 'clean up' song at prek and it has been so beneficial for me at home!

Thank you for the links!!!

-Alisa Hope

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I totally agree with you. Music is a must!

You really put in a lot of work compliling those songs! We just make up our own ;-)

Mandi Miller said...

Thanks for making such a good list! My daughter loves songs and I have forgotten most of the ones I knew as a child!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

This is a terrific list!! I'm going to confess something...I really reeeeeally hate kiddie songs. I suppose it's b/c I sang them so much with my first, that I just can't take it anymore. :s My girls have been listening to a lot of Glenn Beck in the car as a result. This inspired me to break out the Old MacDonald CD again. ;)

Thanks for the visit the other day! :)

Sandie Lee said...

Great spot :)

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

This is great! I've been singing to my grandson since he was 3 mos old - now 2, and he sings with me. I can't remember words to a lot of songs and just make them up. So funny to hear him sing my words.
Stopping by from MBC and a new follower!

Peryl said...

Great list! We love the clean up song. I sing so much my kids are constantly telling me to stop... Thanks for the note on my blog, I hope to see you again soon, and I'll be following you as well!

J. L. W. said...

My daughter today said,"no mommy stop" when I was singing to her sister. I don't know if it was my off tune voice or the fact that she just didn't like me singing to her sister.

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