Happy Friday! Time for our Fab Fives. Today I bring you a list of our favorite tunes to sing on a whim. No music needed! As a lifelong musician and teacher, I constantly rely on music to get us through the fun and crazy times. When in doubt, SING! Your children will remember the sound of your voice fondly, even if you can’t carry a tune to save your life.
Here is our current fab five list of children’s songs, lyrics included (ok, I realize most of you will probably know most of the lyrics to these very popular children’s songs, but just adding a little whimsy by including the words ;)):
1. Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and broke his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
(repeat with Four, Three, Two and One…)
This happens to be our toddler’s favorite. Our little big guy has joined in on the fun now that he’s a little older. Just a great interactive song.
Our favorite version?
2. The Alphabet Song
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N O P
Q R S, T U V,
W X, Y and Z.
Now I know my ABC’s
Next time won’t you sing with me?
Clearly the best because it incorporates learning. Nothing beats teaching a child through music! A cool tidbit? Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Baa, Baa Black Sheep are sung to the same melody as ABC’s! ….but you probably knew that already.
See below for our faves:
India Arie & Elmo
3. Where Is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you!
Run away! Run away!
I throw a music party each week for our favorite toddler friends and this interactive song is on their fab five lists. One special little lady always requests thumbkin at the music class. How fun!
4. Sing A Song Of Sixpence
Sing a song of sixpence, pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing,
“Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?!”
The king was in the counting house, counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden, hanging out the clothes.
When along came a blackbird and snipped off her nose!
(Remember to “snip” those little noses!)
I can still hear my grandmother’s sweet little voice rocking me to sleep on the swingset of my youth. That’s the reason this song is one of my favorites 🙂 Now it’s one of my children’s favorites too!
5. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.
Fingerplays are the most fun! Here’s a silly take:
Mother Goose Club
Please share your favorites by leaving a comment. We’d love to hear what your faves are and we’re always listening for new music :)! XOs