Sweet J (my youngest niece) and I love, love, love each other. She comes running when she sees me and I just can’t wait to scoop her up. (Of course I adore all of my nieces, but today we’re talking about toddlers and she is my only toddler. )
One of her favorite things to do is swing. When she swings we sing, and sing, and sing. Can you tell she loves it?
Does singing pull you out of your comfort zone? I love to sing and sing a lot (my poor family ). Here is why you should sing… even if you feel like you don’t do it well.
1. Singing is a creative outlet. When kids are exposed to a great deal of singing they SING! When they sing they will often play around with lyrics, tune and rhythm. Create, create, create… in many different forms! (That’s what I say.)
2. Many songs for toddlers are full of patterns, movement, and language… all skills that seep into other areas of development.
3. Songs are easy to memorize… add a few important ideas into a song and kids can quickly remember the days of the week, be inspired to clean up, or even count to five.
4. It’s fun… isn’t that reason enough?
Sweet J’s favorite song to sing with me right now is Doodle Bug.
Doodle, doodle, doodle.
Bug, bug, bug.
Doodle, doodle, doodle,
Bug, bug, bug.
Doodle bug come out
and look all around.
Then doodle back in the ground.
4 More Toddler Songs
Add your favorite toddler songs in the comment section!
This post originally appeared February 14, 2012.