Singing With Your Toddler
Children between the ages of 1 and 3 respond best to music when they are moving and doing the actions like clapping, marching, rolling and dancing to the beat.
Singing songs with your child that include movement and facial expressions like “If Your Happy and You Know It,”” The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “The Wheels On The Bus,” “The Hokey Pokey,” and “Head and Shoulders” are great songs that teach toddlers new words, names for body parts, emotions and so much more.
If you don’t know a lot of kids’ songs and rhymes, you can find them on the Internet or borrow books, music, and videos from the local library. It is also fun to make it up as you go along. Make up your own silly songs and hand motions. Try using your child’s name in the song or rhyme, or just turn on some music and dance together. Show your toddler how to move with the music by twirling quickly to a fast song and swooping slowly to a song with a longer, slower beat. Introduce props like scarves, balloons, or stuffed animals to dance with. Your child will love it!