Singing with young children is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, and entertainment value aside, studies show it can have a very positive effect on your young child’s development. Songs provide parents and caregivers with a very special way of “talking” to young children, and aid in language acquisition and the development of good social and verbal communication skills.
Try singing traditional songs like “I’m a Little Teapot” or “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” a nursery rhyme such as “Hickory Dickory Dock,” or just make up a song using things that interest your child. Keep in mind, having a great singing voice is NOT a requirement. If you’re off pitch, chances are, the audience won’t even notice!
Check out your local library’s collection of nursery rhyme books and children’s compact discs to help get you started!
Here are just a few ideas:
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Hush, Little Baby by Brian Pinkney
The Wheels on the School Bus by Mary-Alice Moore
The Ladybug Music series by Patricia Maertens