15 Minutes of Family Fun – Singing together
Date posted: January 17, 2014
I’m a Little Teapot. Head and Shoulder, Knees and Toes. Itsy Bitsy Spider. Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Wheels on the Bus.
Babies love to hear these songs and more. When they’re older, they love to sing these songs with you. Action songs, where movement accompanies the singing, are even more fun.
Singing helps children learn the different sounds in words, learn new words and what they mean, and learn the rhythm and pattern of language. When they’re singing or listening to you sing, they’re developing listening skills and memory, too. Action songs have the added bonus of encouraging balance, coordination, body awareness and movement.
And, you don’t need to be a good singer for your child to gain benefits:
“It is not important whether or not a parent can ‘carry a tune’ or if they sing ‘off-key.’ Having fun with music—singing and dancing with your child, clapping around the kitchen, marching in the grocery store, belting out a song in the car—these are the real ‘lessons’ for young children. And the best part, of course, is that anyone can do it!”
Lots of action songs are familiar, but you may need some help remembering the lyrics. Here are a few of the online sites with lyrics and tunes for children’s songs:
Action rhymes for toddlers and preschoolers
Baby time: action songs for babies
Favourite preschool action songs
Preschool songs with actions and movements
Sing-along song music videos
Words for life: songs and rhymes
Here’s a bit of Friday fun:
Family Literacy Day is celebrated on January 27th each year. This year’s theme is 15 Minutes of Fun!