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Halloween Song: Trick or Treat!

halloween song trick or treating

Are you looking for a new trick or treat Halloween Song that toddlers and preschoolers can sing? “We’re Going Trick or Treating” song is perfect for little kids to sing about the fun experience of trick or treating. Sung to the familiar tune, The Farmer in the Dell, you can learn the lyrics on this song sheet and even add additional lyrics that are more accurate to your child’s Halloween experience.

Perhaps kids are going “trunk or treating” or they are “ringing lots of doorbells” or even “driving down the street” if they are trick or treating by driving through the neighborhood.

You are sure to have lots of fun with this song! Kids can act out the different parts. You can even get dressed in the specific costume of the child… putting on a hat, pulling on the boots, sliding on the mask, etc. Be creative!

We’re Going Trick or Treating Video

This video will teach you the new Halloween song: Trick or Treat.

We’re Going Trick or Treating Song Sheet

Here is the free song sheet you can download.

Get more fall and autumn songs for kids by checking out these two posts 15 Singable Autumn Songs for Preschoolers OR Imaginative Fall Songs for Preschoolers.

Parents often wonder, “Can preschoolers play songs on the piano?” Check out this blog post to see how you can teach some fun and easy songs and games to your little one. And for even more fun fall preschool piano activities check out my Itsy Bitsy Spider Piano Activities and Games.

15 singable autumn songs for preschoolers

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    Fingers & Toes: Fun Kids Counting Songs

    fun kids counting songs

    “This little piggy went to market…This little piggy went home…” Wiggling tiny little toes is part of the joy of singing and playing with little children. We even joke about learning to count with fingers and toes. But really we do learn this way! Parents begin the process of teaching their children from the time they are babies! Let’s explore some fun kids counting songs.

    Why are Counting Songs Important?

    Kids learn through play. When they are having fun, they don’t even realize they are learning. So singing songs and reciting rhymes that involve counting help children learn while they are having fun. In this article we will highlight some of the early nursery rhymes and fun songs that parents and teachers can learn and teach to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I guarantee they will love to sing and move to these fun counting songs.

    What are Some Counting to Five Songs?

    Let’s begin with your fingers. Kids learn to count to five first. One idea I like to share with parents is when you count to five using your fingers, count consistently. Start with your thumb and move to the pinky. These are the finger numbers for playing the piano, so always referring to thumb as finger number one, pointer finger as two, middle finger as three, ring finger as four, and pinky as five will help them later on if they begin taking piano lessons.

    There are lots and lots of Youtube variations of these songs. I will link some quality teaching versions so you don’t have to search for them! Personally, I like the less flashy entertainment kind of videos that kids like to watch because we want good teaching content… Ideas that teachers use to get the most out of teaching these songs. So watch these videos to the end. You get a lot of great ideas on HOW to sing these songs to kids so they are having fun and learning!

    Five Little Ducks

    Five little ducks counts backwards from five down to one. You can have your child keep track of how many ducks with their fingers which helps improve their fine motor skills. Or it is fun if you make some manipulatives like finger puppets to playact as you sing!

    five little ducks

    Five Little Ducks – Lyrics

    Five little ducks
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    Mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But only four little ducks came back.

    Four little ducks
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    Mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
    But only three little ducks came back.

    Three little ducks
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    Mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
    But only two little ducks came back.

    Two little ducks
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    Mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
    But only one little duck came back.

    One little duck
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    Mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
    But none of the five little ducks came back.

    Sad mother duck
    Went out one day
    Over the hills and far away
    The sad mother duck said
    “Quack, quack, quack.”
    And all of the five little ducks came back.

    Five Little Ducks – VIDEO

    This video from Super Simple Songs demonstrates motions for this song! I also like how they count the number of ducks at the end of each verse. Talking about safety and mother duck’s concern for her little ducks is an additional teaching moment.

    Five Green and Speckled Frogs (or Five Little Frogs)

    Five Green and Speckled Frogs is similar to the Five Little Ducks song because it begins with 5 and counts backwards which is teaching subtraction.

    Five Green and Speckled Frogs – Lyrics

    FIVE green and speckled frogs
    Sat on a speckled log
    Eating some most delicious bugs
    Yum Yum.

    One jumped into the pool
    Where it was nice and cool
    Then there were FOUR (subtract one each verse) speckled frogs.
    Glug Glug.

    (Repeat song using the number four, then three, then two, then one, then no in place of FIVE)

    five green and speckled frogs counting song

    Five Green and Speckled Frogs – VIDEO

    This video has helpful instruction on how to teach this song at the end of the song.

    Alice the Camel

    alice the camel kids counting song lyrics

    Make a Camel Craft
    Make some fun camels using the number of humps your child wants! Fun activity!

    Alice the Camel – VIDEO

    Five Little Monkeys

    I love to allow kids to play with props to this little nursery rhyme. First of all, monkeys are so cute. Kids love to watch them! And jumping is fun! So get some monkey stuffed animals, finger puppets, or just print some monkeys out on paper that children (or you) can cut out! Kids will love jumping these monkeys all around!

    Five little monkeys kids counting song

    Fun Five Little Monkeys Craft Idea

    This craft is definitely for a little bit older kids, but it looks so fun!

    How to Teach “Five Little Monkeys” – VIDEO

    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    We’re going to the moon.
    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    We’re going to the moon.
    If you want to take a trip,
    Climb aboard my rocket ship.
    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    We’re going to the moon.
    5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
    Blast off!

    Zoom Zoom Zoom counting song for kids

    What are Some Count to 10 Songs?

    One Two Three Four Five

    One, two, three, four, five,
    Once I caught a fish alive,
    Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
    Then I let it go again.
    Why did you let it go?
    Because it bit my finger so.
    Which finger did it bite?
    This little finger on my right.

    fishing song with numbers

    10 Little Indians

    Ten Little Indians song is one of my favorite teaching songs because it very versatile. You can change the words to this song in numerous ways. And you can also count this song backwards. Here are the original song lyrics.

    One little, two little, three little Indians
    Four little, five little, six little Indians,
    Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians,
    Ten little Indian boys.

    lyrics for kids counting song

    Here are a few examples of how I change the song lyrics while keeping the number counting and the melody the same.

    Sing about FRIENDS… Ten little friends at the park or Ten little friends playing ball, etc.

    BUBBLES! Ten little bubbles go pop!

    BUGS! Ten little bugs fly away.

    LEAVES! Ten autumn leaves on the ground.

    RAINDROPS! Ten little raindrops on my head.

    SNOWFLAKES! Ten little snowflakes on my tongue.

    See what I mean? You can sing about practically anything! It’s fun to let children brainstorm and come up with ideas. They love to create and when kids are invested in their own learning, learning is so much fun!

    Ten in the Bed

    Imagine a crowded bed. What is on that bed? Tons of stuffed animals? Lots of friends having a sleep over? Or it’s a big, big family. No matter what you imagine is on the bed, you can collect 10 and reenact this song.

    10 in the bed lyrics
    Ten in the bed kids song counting to ten

    Early in the morning, kids are usually a little slow to get going. Having fun right at the start of the morning as you get your child ready for the day is so playful and fun. Singing and imaginative play gets the day started with lots of positive energy! If you start singing, your child might even sing along. They will definitely help you play by tossing some stuffed animals overboard to get from ten to one. And then get them back on the bed after the covers are all pulled up! What singing fun!

    How to Teach “Ten in the Bed” – VIDEO

    One Two Buckle My Shoe

    One, two,
    Buckle my shoe;
    Three, four,
    Knock at the door;
    Five, six,
    Pick up sticks;
    Seven, eight,
    Lay them straight:
    Nine, ten,
    A big fat hen;

    One two buckle my shoe counting song

    This Old Man

    This old man counting to 10 song

    Song with ASL Motions

    American Sign Language counting video. Wonderful way to teach kids counting to ten in American Sign Language.

    The Ants Go Marching

    the ants go marching counting song for kids

    Ants Finger Puppet Craft for Kids

    Other Fun Counting Songs

    Bell Horses

    I love teaching Bell Horses because there are other skills kids are learning besides counting, like ringing the bells while we sing the lyrics and then freezing (STOP!) while we count. You may have to demonstrate this, and actually teach the kids how to ring and freeze. It’s really a lot of fun to have them watch y ou and freeze when you freeze! If we are also marching while we sing and ring, we freeze that too! This is so much fun for kids and it requires that they pay attention.

    bell horses lyrics

    Bell Horses Ringing Demonstration – VIDEO

    Here is a short demonstration of how we ring the bells while we sing and FREEZE! (or stop ringing) while we count. I always encourage kids to march while we sing and FREEZE (no moving at all) while we count. I do however, encourage them to count their fingers if the bells are on their wrists… so technically that is moving, but it’s not moving their feet!

    Fingerplay Counting Activities

    Here is the Beehive

    Here is the Beehive is a counting rhyme that counts to five. It really doesn’t have a melody, but you could easily sing a sol-mi type of melody to the rhyme. This nursery rhyme is fun because at the end of the song you can buzzzzz….. and tickle a child under the chin with your fingers. Kids love little tickle rhymes and often beg for them over and over again.

    I also created a little bumble bee music activity /piano improvisation page for preschoolers. If you are interested in this little piano activity, or the DIY Mother’s Day piano activity I have created, follow the links on this page!

    here is the beehive kids counting song

    Here is the Beehive – VIDEO

    This Little Piggy

    While not an official counting song, “This Little Piggy” offers the opportunity for counting. There are other nursery rhymes that also can be adapted to counting as well. Once you get done wiggling the toes with the rhyme, go back and wiggle each toe and count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

    this little piggy nursery rhyme with counting

    One Potato Two Potato

    one potato two potato

    One Potato Two Potatoes
    One potato two potatoes
    Three potatoes, four!
    Five potatoes, six potatoes
    Seven potatoes, more!

    To count to ten add:
    Eight potatoes, nine potatoes, ten potatoes all!

    Five Fat Sausages

    Five fat sausages sizzling in a pan,
    (Hold up five fingers)
    All of a sudden one went “BANG!”
    (Clap hands loudly)

    Four fat sausages sizzling in a pan,
    (Hold up four fingers)
    All of a sudden one went “BANG!”

    Three fat sausages sizzling in a pan,
    (Hold up three fingers)
    All of a sudden one went “BANG!”

    Two fat sausages sizzling in a pan,
    (Hold up two fingers)
    All of a sudden one went “BANG!”

    One fat sausage, sizzling in a pan,
    (Hold up one finger)
    All of a sudden it went “Bang!”
    And there were NO sausages left!
    (No fingers left up)

    five fat sausages counting nursery rhyme

    Other songs kids can add numbers to

    Finger Family Check out this link. While there is no actual counting in the song itself, it offers imagery that you can springboard from and then count the family members. Plus you use your hands, so counting is natural using fingers.

    Baa Baa Black Sheep This song offers counting, 1, 2, 3 for the very youngest of children. It’s also an easy song for kids to learn because it shares the same melody as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

    Mary Had a Little Lamb You can change the lyrics in this song to “Mary had some little lambs” and teach counting to various numbers of sheep.


    I hope you find this list useful. Select your favorites and create some learning opportunities for your child.

    And while you are at it, grab my printable, “Counting Songs for Toddlers and Preschoolers”. In this printable you will find lyrics that you can use to help teach counting to your kids. Printables give parents and teachers confidence to teach these songs and will help you bring these songs to life! They encourage imagination, movement, motor skills, and so much more!

    Join the Music Time Kid Community and get a FREE copy of this downloadable Counting Songs Booklet!

    All of the songs from this blog post are included in the printable.

    50 Gentle Sleeping Songs for Kids

    50+ recordings for parents and kids

    sleeping songs for kids

    Children have busy lives and often have difficulty calming their minds to fall asleep. Music is so very beneficial to help kids relax and go to sleep. There are lots of music videos available, but maybe you noticed that they all sound the same?

    As an early childhood educator, I love to curate amazing music. I know it is hard to find gentle songs that have beautiful melodies and orchestration. Everything seems to sound the same.

    This article will provide you with over 50 Youtube recordings you’ve probably ever heard before that you can use to build personalized content for your kids. If there is an Amazon link, I will also provide that in case you want to build a playlist on your device that is not contingent upon being online.

    Enjoy these gentle sleeping songs for kids!

    (Note: There may be affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through my link, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps support my blog… Thank you!)

    Calm Kid Music for Parents (One Hour)

    From my Music Time Kid Youtube channel and Post “What are Lullabies that Calm and Put Your Baby to Sleep“.

    Peaceful Music for Sleep 30 minutes

    Beautiful View of the Night Sky with Relaxing Music Sounds

    Peaceful Autumn Forest Piano Relaxing Music for Sleep

    Tuck Me Into Bed

    Afro Cuban Lullaby (with Nature Sounds)

    Afro Cuban Lullaby by Richard Patterson, guitar

    Clair de Lune

    Clair de Lune by Debussy, performed by Amy Turk, harp

    Zelda’s Lullaby (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

    Zelda’s Lullaby by Amy Turk, harp

    Winnie the Pooh

    Winnie the Pooh Theme Song, arranged and performed by kno

    Give Me Your Hand / La Valse Pour Les Petites Jeunes Filles

    Give Me Your Hand by George Winston, piano

    How to Train Your Dragon – Romantic Flight

    Romantic Flight from How to Train Your Dragon, performed by Beyond the Guitar

    Listen, The Flute Sighs Again (Hungary)

    Listen, the Flute Sighs Again from the Album, Les Berceuses de Coline by Nadia Birkenstock, harp

    Staring at the Moon

    Staring at the Moon (from the Album, Hush Little Baby) by Lullaby Music

    A La Source

    A La Source from the Album, Whispering Woods – Celtic Harp Solos by Nadia Birkenstock, harp

    Thanks A Lot

    Thanks A Lot by Raffi mp3

    Remember Me

    Remember Me (lullaby version) from Coco, performed by Beyond the Guitar

    No Ke Ano Ahiahi

    No Ke Ano Ahiahi (traditional Hawaiian song) performed by George Winston, piano

    Gold Dream

    Gold Dream from the Album Lullaby Africa

    Skye Boat Song

    Skye Boat Song from the Album, Lullaby Baby, Vol .2

    Annie’s Song

    Annie’s Song by John Denver, performed on harp by Jodi Ann Tolman

    3 Beautiful Dreamworks Themes on Guitar

    3 Beautiful Dreamworks Themes on Guitar, performed by Beyond the Guitar

    Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken, performed by Amy Turk, harp

    Dearly Beloved

    Dearly Beloved (from Kingdom Hearts) performed by Beyond the Guitar

    Lullaby Land

    Lullaby Land performed by Linda Arnold


    Wildflowers (from the Album Unveiled) Stanton Lanier, piano

    This Little Light of Mine

    This Little Light of Mine by Elizabeth Mitchell mp3

    Narnia Lullaby – native american meditation flute (Indianerflöte)

    Beethoven Moonlight Sonata

    Beethoven Moonlight Sonata lullaby version from the Album, Classical Lullabies by The Kiboomers

    Pachelbel’s Canon in D

    Pachelbel’s Canon in D

    Dream (Hush, Little Baby)

    Baby Mine

    Baby Mine (from Dumbo) Cherish Tuttle, piano

    Take Me Home, Country Roads

    Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver, performed by Beyond the Guitar

    The Cradle

    The Cradle (from the Album Forest), George Winston, piano

    Goodnight Irene

    Goodnight Irene by Elizabeth Mitchell mp3

    A Beautiful Thing

    A Beautiful Thing (from the Album, So Loved) Stanton Lanier, piano

    Rainbow Connection

    Rainbow Connection (from the Album Disney Lullaby & Goodnight)

    All the Pretty Horses

    All the Pretty Horses performed by Linda Arnold

    Lullaby Flute Song

    Lullaby Flute Song from the Album, Native Moon by Sleep Tribe

    Gymnopedie No. 1

    Gymnopedie No. 1 by Satie, performed by Amy Turk, harp

    Slack Key Lullabye

    Slack Key Lullabye by Ledward Ka’apana

    You’ll Be in My Heart

    You’ll Be in My Heart (from the Album Disney Lullaby & Goodnight)

    Japanese Music Box (Itsuki No Komoriuta)

    Japanese Music Box (from the Album, Forest) George Winston, piano

    Prelude No. 1 in C Major BWV 846 by J. S. Bach

    J.S. Bach Prelude No. 1 in C Major BWV 846, performed by Amy Turk, harp


    Kumbaya by Susie Tallman

    Blackwood Lullabye

    Water Dance

    Water Dance by Raffi mp3



    Brahm’s Lullaby

    Brahm’s Lullaby, harp by Jodi Ann Tolman

    Sunshine on My Shoulders

    Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver, performed on harp by Jodi Ann Tolman

    Morning Has Broken

    Morning Has Broken (from the Album Disney Lullaby & Goodnight)

    Suo Gan

    Suo Gan performed on harp by Jodi Ann Tolman

    All Through the Night

    All Through the Night performed by Linda Arnold

    Love Me Tender

    Love Me Tender (from the Album Disney Lullaby & Goodnight)

    When You Wish Upon a Star

    When You Wish Upon a Star, Dave Niskin, guitar

    A River Flows in You

    A River Flows in You by Yiruma, performed on harp by Jodi Ann Tolman


    Goodnight performed by Linda Arnold

    The Rising Moon (Germany)

    The Rising Moon from the Album, Les Berceuses de Coline by Nadia Birkenstock, harp

    Song of Time (Music from the Legend of Zelda – Full Album)

    Song of Time Complete Album performed by Amy Turk, harp

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    20 Action Songs for Kids
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    Preschool Songs with Actions Boost Brain-Body Connection

    Preschool songs with actions have the ability to boost kids’ brain-body connection. And this is an important part of child development! Let’s explore what it is, why it is important and then get to the action songs you can use to boost the brain-body connection with your toddler or preschooler.

    What is the mind-body connection?

    songs with actions boost brain-body connection

    John Hopkins Medicine has a wonderful article on the connection of the mind and body. You can read more details about that here.
    For the sake of this article, I want to quote these ideas from the article, “Mind-Body Connection is the belief that the causes, development and outcomes of a physical illness are determined from the interaction of psychological, social factors and biological factors.

    Your emotional health includes:
    – your overall psychological well-being;
    – your feelings about yourself;
    – the quality of your relationships, at work and at home;
    – your ability to create and use positive coping skills;
    – your ability to manage your feelings.

    Emotional health can be affected by the stress from both good and bad… It also can be affected by daily routines…”

    Family life is very significant for young children. Making music together as a family can really have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of children. In fact, you’d be surprised how much making music together as a family impacts the emotional well-being of adults, too!

    Why is mind-body connection important for young children?

    Music and movement are both things that directly relate to children’s overall well-being. They both provide creative ways to relieve excess energy, as well as express and manage feelings. While music alone can help soothe or uplift children, the ability to move with music gives kids a positive way to express themselves. When kids sing movement songs they feel good about themselves and for a while they may escape things in their life that negatively impact them.

    preschool songs with actions benefits

    Here is an article that lists 12 benefits action songs have for kids.

    The last four benefits all have to do with emotional wellness: foster self esteem and confidence, encourage creativity, adaptability, and imagination, promote social skills and cooperation, engage children and adults in bonding activities.

    Here is another article that lists 15 Benefits of Music on Kids Health.

    Action songs that encourage mind-body wellness

    I recommend these action songs because they are kids’ favorite songs. They love to sing them over and over and over and that is okay! That is how kids learn. In fact, preschoolers love these songs so much that teachers and parents rarely look further for new material. While I also love the tried and true familiar tunes of childhood, I also like to find more imaginative and creative activities for preschoolers (but that is another post!)

    These songs help kids with awareness of body parts, learning right and left, clapping hands, stomping feet, moving arms, dancing, hopping, and so much more. Kids will be having a blast with these movements they won’t even know they are learning!

    To help you teach this music, I am offering you a free pdf download of these songs. I am also including printable song cards that you can use with your preschooler. As you learn a new song, you can reward your child with a card that they can display or collect. Children are very proud of themselves as they earn these cards. If you are a classroom teacher or daycare provider, you can post each card on the wall as a new song is learned.

    I love to make the most of every teaching experience, so whether you are a parent at home or a preschool teacher, I hope you will find the information in the rest of this blog post, links, enrichment ideas, and videos helpful. I am sure your toddler or preschooler will love this music!

    songs with actions pdf

    Movement Songs Lyrics for Preschoolers

    20 Songs that ENCOURAGE movement and help toddlers and preschoolers develop Brain-Body Connection

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    20 Songs with Actions Kids Love!

    Help your child with the motions by asking them to do them before you sing the song, and take time as you sing to show them how to do the motions. Kids love to move. They may have trouble at first holding up one finger or one thumb, but they will eventually figure it out. Get out the musical instruments, too! Kids will have so much fun!

    If You’re Happy and You Know It

    If You're Happy and You Know It Action Song

    if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
    (point to your smile)
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap, clap)

    with each additional verse add one new motion to the front of all the actions
    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp, stomp)
    If you’re happy and you know it, turn around. (turn around)
    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “HOORAY”

    Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

    Head shoulders knees and toes actions


    Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
    Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
    Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
    Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

    The Itsy Bitsy Spider

    itsy bitsy spider

    The itsy bitsy spider climbed 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 climbed up the spout again.

    The Hokey-Pokey

    hokey pokey action song


    You put your right foot in
    You take your right foot out
    You put your right foot in
    And you shake it all about
    You do the hokey pokey
    And you turn yourself around
    That’s what it’s all about

    Sing the song again hanging “right foot” to left foot, and then right hand, left hand, head, and whole self respectively.

    Open Shut Them

    open shut them

    Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (open, close hands)
    Give a little clap. (clap, clap)
    Open, shut them. Open, shut them.
    Lay them in your lap. (fold hands in your lap)
    Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them,
    (crawl fingers up your arm to your mouth)
    Right up to your chin.
    Open wide your little mouth, (open mouth)
    But do not put them in. (quickly run fingers back down arm)

    I’m a Little Teapot

    I'm a little Teapot action song


    I’m a little teapot, short and stout.
    Here is my handle, here is my spout .
    When I get all steamed up hear me shout
    “Tip me over and pour me out!”

    Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

    Teddy Bear Teddy Bear song


    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Turn around!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Touch the ground!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Jump up high!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Touch the sky!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Bend down low!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Touch you toes!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Turn out the light!
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Say good night!

    Wheels on the Bus

    The Wheels on the Bus movement song


    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    Round and round, round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    All through the town.
    The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
    The doors on the bus go open and shut…
    The windows on the bus go up and down…
    The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
    The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah…
    The parents on the bus go “Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh”…


    Looby Loo Music with actions


    Here we go looby loo.
    Here we go looby light.
    Here we go looby loo.
    All on a Saturday night.
    You put your right hand in.
    You take your right hand out.
    You give your hand a shake, shake, shake.
    And turn yourself about.

    Each verse changes the body part you put in: right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot, head, whole body.

    Where is Thumbkin

    Where is Thumbkin music and movement


    Where is thumbkin?
    Where is thumbkin?
    Here I am (bring out one thumb)
    Here I am (bring out the other thumb)
    How are you today sir?
    (make thumb talk to other thumb when singing that line)
    Very well, I thank you (and vice versa with this thumb)
    Run away (put one thumb back behind your back)
    Run away (put the other thumb back behind your back)
    Additional verses:
    Where is pointer…
    Where is tall man…
    Where is ring man…
    Where is pinky

    Bell Horses

    Action songs bell horses


    Bell horses, bell horses
    what’s the time of day?
    One o’clock, two o’clock
    time to go away. (repeat)

    One, two, three, four
    Jingle; jingle, jingle more
    Five, six, seven, eight
    Jingle, jingle don’t be late. (repeat)

    Bell horses, bell horses
    what’s the time of day?
    One o’clock, two o’clock
    time to go away. (repeat)

    Mulberry Bush

    actions songs mulberry bush


    Here we go round the mulberry bush,
    The mulberry bush,
    The mulberry bush.
    Here we go round the mulberry bush
    On a cold and frosty morning.

    The is the Way

    This is the way movement song


    sung to the same tune as The Mulberry Bush

    This is the way we clap our hands,
    clap our hands, clap our hands,
    This is the way we clap our hands,
    All day long.

    repeat with other motions like stomp our feet, touch our nose, etc.

    Ring Around the Rosie

    ring around the rosie action song


    Ring around the rosie,
    A pocket full of posies,
    Ashes! Ashes!
    We all fall down

    Pop! Goes the Weasel

    action songs pop goes the weasel


    All around the mulberry bush
    The monkey chased the weasel
    The monkey thought it was all in good fun
    Pop! goes the weasel.

    A penny for a spool of thread
    A penny for a needle
    That’s the way the money goes
    Pop! goes the weasel.

    Do Your Ears Hang Low?

    do your ears hang low song


    Do your ears hang low?
    Do they wobble to and fro?
    Can you tie ’em in a knot?
    Can you tie ’em in a bow?
    Can you throw ’em o’er your shoulder
    Like a Continental soldier
    Do your ears hang low?

    Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    row row row your boat movement


    (have child sit facing you and gently pull their hands towards you and away from you like you’re rowing)

    Row, row, row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
    Life is but a dream.

    Five Green and Speckled Frogs

    five green and speckled frogs finger play


    Five Green and Speckled Frogs
    Five green and speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log
    (hold up five fingers)
    Eating some most delicious bugs… yum, yum!
    (rub stomach)
    One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
    (make one finger jump and move down)
    Now there are four speckled frogs…..
    (hold up four fingers)
    Four green and speckled frogs…
    Three green and speckled frogs…
    Two green and speckled frogs…
    One green and speckled frog, sitting on a speckled log
    Eating some most delicious bugs… yum, yum!
    One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
    Now there are no g


    bingo clap song

    (Clap when you see *)

    There was a farmer had a dog
    And Bingo was his name-oh.
    B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
    And Bingo was his name-oh.

    There was a farmer had a dog
    And Bingo was his name-oh.
    *-I-N-G-O, *-I-N-G-O, *-I-N-G-O,
    and Bingo was his name-oh.

    Continue removing one letter

    Did You Ever See a Lassie?

    did you ever see a lassie


    Did you ever see a lassie,
    A lassie, a lassie?
    Did you ever see a lassie,
    Go this way and that?
    Go this way and that way,
    Go this way and that way.
    Did you ever see a lassie,
    Go this way and that?
    Did you ever see a laddie,
    A laddie, a laddie?
    Did you ever see a laddie,
    Go this way and that?
    Go this way and that way,
    Go this way and that way.
    Did you ever see a laddie,
    Go this way and that?

    Kids Activities You Can Use with an Action Song

    Whenever possible I like to “extend the lesson” with kids activities and get the most mileage out of teaching each and every song. So I want to share more ideas on how you can teach more learning concepts at the same time.

    Musical Instruments

    Whenever possible use some musical instruments! Kids love to dance and ring bells, shake maracas or tambourines, or play a drum.


    Finger puppets and larger hand size puppets encourage the imagination and make play time even more fun. You will find many illustrated story-song books in the public library that a puppet can sing to a toddler or preschooler. (hint: even bigger kids love puppets!)

    Stuffed Animals

    I love using stuffed animals while singing with kids. It’s hard for them to sit still. So holding an animal gives their fingers something to do. I often bounce a stuffed animal to the beat of the song. While they watch me, of course, kids will copy what I am doing and this helps them learn to feel a steady beat.


    Build a prop box that can accompany a short music time. Kids love to play pretend. Hats, costumes, jackets, coats, boots, scarves, etc. all make music time more interesting. Toddler songs are filled with easy repetitive words and acting those words out with props is definitely fun child play.

    Story Books

    Like I mentioned, there are numerous illustrators who have created beautiful picture books using these familiar children’s melodies. You can not only sing as you turn the pages, but go back and really look at the pictures. Increase your child’s vocabulary by talking about the pictures. Is that monkey hopping? jumping? dancing? singing? wiggling? Use descriptive words as you look at the pages.

    More Songs with Actions that I Love!

    There is so much great action music available for kids these days. Here are more wonderful action songs that are less familiar. For these movement songs I will provide Youtube links so you can add them to your playlist. These are fun songs that I regularly include in early childhood music classes or preschool classes I teach at a daycare. I often use musical instruments along with motions so go ahead and add a few. Kids love them!

    Everybody clap your hands

    Tap it on your head

    Shake my sillies out

    Bunny hop

    Roly poly

    One little finger

    Egg shakin’ blues

    Peekaboo by super simple songs

    Wake up toes

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    Imaginative Fall Songs for Preschoolers

    imaginative fall songs for prescoholers

    Fall songs for preschoolers that are imaginative and not “more cute fall songs” that are focused on leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, squirrels, or an apple tree.

    Imaginative music is music you can use alongside other autumn songs to spark kids’ creativity. Use these songs with story books, puppets, crafts, and other toys. Create actions and movement as you play the music. Your preschoolers will love this!

    Use your imagination

    fall songs for preschoolers

    Sometimes we can get into a rut of spoon feeding everything to children. So I strive to help kids develop their creativity and use their imaginations. It’s kind of obvious that fall is about falling leaves, orange pumpkins, grey squirrels, apple songs, and singing a little scarecrow song. So instead of singing these cutesy songs, let’s create music and listen to music that gets us to use our imaginations and think “about” these ideas.

    Let’s find music that get us to imagine a train ride in the fall countryside, or a river flowing along a mountain, or climbing up on a big boulder. Can you see the leaves change color? Brown. Yellow. Red. The seasons are around us as we adventure outside!

    The songs below will help you put a fresh spin and enrich your fall activities. In addition, I will link to quality books and other crafts that I find for fun learning extensions, that you can use with these songs.

    Preschoolers learn as they play, sing, read, dance, ceate, imagine, and more. See how many activities you can create with this autumn music! Leave me a comment below if you are glad you found this blog post and it helped you!

    Create opportunities to move and dance

    Music can change the atmosphere in your home. Music can bring more joy into your everyday. Play music in the morning when your own kids are waking up and see what a difference it makes to the beginning of the day. Sometimes when I look for songs for kids, I find that the music is really almost more “songs for parents” because it really uplifts their energy and mood, too!

    Moving to music in the morning is especially appealing to young children and playing great music also provides more benefits for kids than you can imagine.

    autumn leaves fall songs

    Preschool teachers and daycare providers can play these songs in the background, or use one during circle time or craft time.

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    Autumn Tree Songs

    I Had a Little Nut Tree

    Instead of singing an apple tree song, try this little nut tree by Lisa Loeb. You can bring a little squirrel into the picture by imagining a squirrel busily looking for, finding, and picking up acorns to stash in winter hideaways. How many little acorns can he find? Wonderful circle time song!

    Autumn Songs Tree Activities

    This fall scavenger hunt by Teaching Mama is a wonderful resource to go outside and find some autumn leaves, nut trees, and other pieces of autumn nature!

    Here is a counting with acorns activity by Play and Learn Every Day.

    Fall Leaves In and Out Activity by Still Playing School is a wonderful activity that shouldn’t require that you purchase anything at all. Re-use a diaper wipe container and collect pretty leaves. Great for preschool education on a budget!

    Fall Leaves Quiet Book Page by Teach Me Mommy uses felt, pipe cleaners, scissors and glue. This is a nice craft for developing fine motor skills.

    A thankful tree printable by Teaching Mama is also wonderful to extend fall into the thanksgiving season.

    Here We Go Around the Mulberry Bush

    So a bush isn’t exactly a tree, but they can grow very big and some bushes have amazing fall colors! Of course this music is great for movement and you can imagine a different kind of bush, like a burning bush whose leaves turn bright orange, yellow red and brown in the fall.

    Leaf Little Leaf

    Leaf Little Leaf is by Music Box Kids. I love to use a scarf with this music. I really believe kids learn best with motion, so taking a scarf, lifting it high, and letting it drop to the ground shows children how leaves are falling down.

    Thankful Songs for Fall

    Thanks Alot

    Raffi does such an amazing job weaving the imagery of the outdoors into his music. He sings about the clouds, sky, wind, birds, moon, stars, and more. While there are many challenges in life, there is always so many things to be thankful for. “Thanks Alot” pairs well with the thankful tree printable mentioned above.

    Thanksgiving Song

    Autumn Dance Songs

    Music and movement are so important for kids’ development. Here are some great ideas for fall!

    Hey Bo Diddley

    by Elizabeth Mitchell

    Hey Bo Diddley is based on the tune and lyrics from the “Mockingbird” lullaby. This music just puts you into a good mood! Be sure to put some shakers into your kids hands as they move to the beat!

    Jumping Jack

    by Laurie Berkner

    Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

    Extra motions in this version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by The Learning Station will literally keep kids on their toes! Make sure to practice the beginning part… knocking on a door, come in, open the door, and take a big spin, slap your heels and slap your knees. This song will especially appeal to preschool kids who love a movement challenge!

    Parents and teachers can turn this into a fall song by becoming a scarecrow or dressing up like a farmer who is harvesting his field of pumpkins!

    My Happy Song

    by Super Simple Songs

    Action Songs for Fall

    Action songs for toddlers and preschoolers. Children pretend to fly, climb, become animals, and so much more.

    Muscle and Bone

    Wonderfully imaginative lyrics about rivers, mountains, boulders, etc.

    Simon Says

    Hop, Skip, Jump to My Lou

    I Dreamed that I Could Fly

    Autumn Animal and Insect Songs

    Fall is a wonderful time to teach about life cycles. Insects move slower and kids may notice little fuzzy caterpillars looking for a place to build a cocoon. This life cycle page by Preschool Inspirations has printables that you may find useful.

    Five Little Caterpillars

    Five little…. basically anything you want to sing about. I love to think of little fuzzy caterpillars for this fall song. This is definitely one of many fun kids counting songs!

    Bunny Hop

    Why should we only sing the “Grey Squirrel Song” in the fall while other animals are busy preparing for winter as well? Many animals get ready for their long winter hibernation. Bunny hops around preparing his nest for winter! Get ready to wiggle your ears, nose, paws, and little cotton tail!


    Filled with zany nonsensical lyrics, let’s take a field trip to the zoo this fall. While I am sure this song won’t make it into anyone else’s autumn songs list, I hope you see the value of music that can spark the imagination of a child!

    Autumn Forest Puppets

    Music and Movement Song for Fall

    Play Your Instruments

    Play Your Instruments by Ella Jenkins is a song I sing at every single early childhood class I teach. It’s one of my fall songs, winter songs, spring songs, and summer songs. You can definitely have more autumny vibes by making some of your own homemade instruments like paper bag maracas or percussion instruments that have fall colors (make sure anything you make is safe and age appropriate for your child).

    Clickety Clack

    Train Song by Katherine Dines in like a story. The train goes faster and slower! You can imagine watching all the autumn leaves out the window. I don’t know about you, but hearing the banjo playing just puts me in the mood for a fall barn dance.

    I’m on a Train

    Cocomelon is a wonderful child-friendly youtube channel. “I’m on a Train” music video demonstrates so much of the teaching I like to do with kids. They take the melody and lyrics from a familiar song (Down By the Bay) and re-purpose the song into something new… a train song! Plus, the video shows how you can take a cardboard box and turn it into a train. Brilliant!

    Everyone knows that there can be hundreds of dollars of toys in a room and kids will always gravitate to the empty box.. everytime! It time to take a train ride while the autumn leaves are falling to the ground!

    More Ideas and Activities for Fall

    Autumn Songs Sensory Ideas

    This fall sensory bottle by Preschool Inspirations is fun for preschool children to make. Sensory bottles help kids focus and keep their fingers busy when their bodies need to sit still.

    Fall Nature I Spy Bottle by MamaPapaBubba gives kids a chance to collect actual autumn nature items and put it into their “I Spy” bottle. This is a great activity that can even be adapted to different seasons.

    Fall Fine Motor Play-Dough Ideas

    This fall play-doh activity by Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails is sure to keep little fingers for a ling time. Like the I Spy bottle above, this play-doh activity can easily be adapted to different holidays and seasons.

    Hot Cross Buns Play-Doh Activity is fine motor activity that I created to help preschoolers wiggle fingers and develop five fingers strength for beginning piano lessons. There is a free pdf download in the link.

    Autumn Songs Train Ideas

    This alphabet activity with train tracks from Teaching Mama is a wonderful extension for your fall train ride.

    Food Preschool Fall Songs

    Oats and Beans and Barley Grow

    Let the Autumn harvest begin!

    Mashed Potatoes

    Autumn evokes the thoughts of cooler weather, leaves falling, and warmer comfort foods. One of the iconic stables of the Thanksgiving meal is mashed potatoes.

    Apples and Bananas

    I guess you had to figure I would get one apple song in this list! Apples and Bananas by Raffi is one of my favorites and is a great introduction to talking about vowels. Here is a link to many different apples and bananas worksheets at Teachers Pay Teachers. And here is an apples and bananas count page offered by Super Simple.


    Coconut by Raffi is a really spirited “dance with me” song. I told my husband it is a stretch including it in my autumn song list because living in the northern parts of the USA, we don’t have coconut harvests. But I am thinking coconuts are harvested in other parts of the world, and my husband reminded me… sometimes coconuts “fall!”

    Coconut Books to use with Autumn Songs

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    15 autumn songs for preschoolers
    15 Printable Autumn Songs for Preschoolers with teaching tips and great ideas to get the most from singing these songs!

    If you are interested in the apple and pumpkin songs, check out my blog post Autumn Songs for Preschoolers. I have a FREE PDF Download with 15 songs and lots of teaching tips and ideas to get the most from singing these songs with preschoolers.
    Songs include:
    Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
    Falling Leaves
    Autumn Leaves
    Leaves are Falling Down
    Crunchy Leaves
    The Apple Tree Song
    10 Little Spiders
    Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Apple Pie Song
    Five Little Pumpkins
    Pumpkin Patch Song
    A Little Pumpkin with a Frown
    The Grey Squirrel Song
    Five Little Bunnies

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      I’d love to hear from you. Let me know if you liked my fall songs collection that inspire kids to use their imaginations. I hope you find this blog post thoughtful and useful!

      15 Singable Autumn Songs for Preschoolers

      15 singable autumn songs for preschoolers and toddlers! Autumn is my favorite season and I have collected a nice repertoire of singable fall songs for preschoolers. In fact, I wrote a few of them and added familiar tunes to others. So this list may be different than many of the lists you will find online because some are original ideas. But I guarantee all are loved by parents and kid from my early childhood music classes. (And here is another list of imaginative fall songs for preschoolers if you are looking for more fall songs activities!)

      What kind of autumn song should I teach preschoolers?

      15 autumn songs for preschoolers

      This blog post contains a list of text lyrics, song sheets, and videos to help you create music with toddlers and preschoolers. You will learn how to teach these autumn songs and rhymes for early years and preschool children. Included are musical fingerplays and songs about leaves, apples, spiders, scarecrows, pumpkins, squirrels and bunnies. These songs reinforce concepts preschoolers need to learn when they begin school like counting, colors, and developing large movement and fine motor skills.

      I also wrote another blog post, “Imaginative Fall Songs for Preschoolers” that focuses on creativity, pretend play, and use of imagination. And a blog post, “Preschool Songs with Actions Boost Brain-Body Connection”. The songs in those posts are a great addition to this list!

      What if I don’t know the songs?

      Often the words repeat so they are easy to sing. Most melodies are familiar, but the ones you may not know I am including videos so you can learn them! You’ll enjoy singing these seasonal songs in September and October, and I will provide links that you can save on your playlist. Let’s make music together!

      Autumn Songs for Preschoolers PDF Preview

      Autumn songs for kids with printable resources.

      Fall music is a great springboard for fall craft activities. Learning about the different shapes and colors of autumn leaves lends itself to many many toddler and preschool activities. Going outdoors and actually collecting falling leaves is so much fun for kids. Below I will share the songs I love sing during autumn. Teachers and parents love teaching these songs about the seasons.

      Fall Songs about Leaves

      Falling Leaves

      falling leaves autumn song

      Falling leaves

      This version of Falling Leaves is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. I like to sing this song with scarves so kids can move the scarf and imagine and the leaves are twirling in the air. If you can find an orange, yellow or red scarf all the better! When you sing “way up high” move the scarf up over your head. You can even stand on your tippy toes. When you sing “way down low” your scarf can touch the ground. Move your scarf fast and then slow (over exaggerate this!) when you get to “fast and slow”. At the very end blow a loud wind sound and you can even toss the scarf in the air, blow it and let it drift to the ground. Kids love this!

      Leaves are Falling Down

      leaves are falling down

      Leaves are Falling Down

      This is a song that I use as a little fingerplay song. “Leaves are falling down” I wiggle my fingers and hands, and make my arms go from high to low (just like when it rains in Itsy Bitsy Spider song). “Swoosh!” my arms swipe out and in. “Rake them” I hold both fists together like I am hold a rake. You can make this song fun by changing the tempo (speed). Start slow and each time you repeat the song, make it a little faster. Kids love to get silly with this!

      Autumn Leaves are Falling Down

      autumn leaves are falling

      Autumn Leaves are Falling

      “Autumn Leaves are Falling Down” is sung to the tune “London Bridges.” Again like the song “Leaves are Falling Down,” I will wiggle my fingers and hands, and make my arms go from high to low while I am singing the lyrics, “Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.” We imagine we are raking leaves by putting our fists together and pretend we are holding a rake for the second verse.

      I love to engage kids with their imagination. “What else can we do with the leaves?” I will ask. They may want to make a pile, jump in them, or bag them up. Creativity is so much fun. Let the kids create more verses to act out to this song!

      Crunchy Leaves

      crunchy leaves

      Crunchy Leaves

      I love the song Crunchy Leaves. It is sung to the tune “Hot Cross Buns”. This is a song I sing in every season because the words are so fun to change! On the download page I give you ideas for other words you can sing like, “pumpkin patch,” “falling leaves,” “coat and hat,” and “apple pie.” I have kids think of other autumn things that fit these three syllables. When they offer me suggestions, we check to see if it is three syllables. Sometimes they can hear that it is, or it isn’t. Really there are no bad suggestions, so longer syllable ideas we sing extra silly.

      Because this song has a repeating short, short, long pattern I love to have kids bounce a stuffed animal on their lap while singing. It gives them the opportunity to move while singing, and you may have noticed… kids love to move!

      The Leaves are Falling Down

      leaves are falling down

      The Leaves are Falling Down

      The Leaves are Falling Down song is sung to the the tune, “The Farmer in the Dell.” There is a focus on color names: orange yellow red and brown. And also an add-on to this song with counting. We sing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 going higher each time up the music scale. Then as we sing, “8 leaves falling, falling to the ground.” we are going back down the scale. I love to have kids visually see the music going higher and then lower using props. So having a cut out leaf or a scarf while singing this song is great!

      A Scarecrow Song

      Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

      scarecrow song

      Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

      Well, this isn’t actually about a scarecrow. But we can imagine we are a big scarecrow in the garden frightening away the birds who want to eat the vegetables in the garden. You can even dress up like a scarecrow if you put on a plaid shirt and hat. Kids love moving to this song. Make sure they know where all the body parts are before you begin. And make sure to repeat this song many times, getting faster and faster and faster. Did I already mention (yes!) kids love to get silly with how fast they can sing and move.

      Autumn Spider Songs

      10 Little Spiders

      10 little spiders

      10 Little Spiders

      “Ten Little Indians” is another one of my favorite melodies to re-use every season. We can have 10 little friend, 10 little cookies, 10 little apples, etc. What can your children come up with for autumn? Pumpkins, apples, costumes, black cats, and more. Getting kids input and encouraging their creativity makes singing and moving even more fun!

      This song “10 Little Spiders” has a creative ending. You can change the last line of the song to have the spiders crawl on a body part: a leg, arm, head, chin, etc. This makes the song very fun. If your child is old enough you can use a spider stuffed animal, finger puppet, or even cut out a spider and see if they can find and touch it to the body parts you sing.

      Itsy Bitsy Spider

      itsy bitsy spider

      Itsy Bitsy Spider

      This classic song is probably one of the most popular children’s songs. Whenever I, as a teacher, decide I am tired of this song and take it out of my early childhood music class, I get those disappointed kids that mention at the very end of class that that was the one song they wanted to sing! So, while I may get tired of singing this song, kids don’t!

      It’s also a favorite first piano song. Kids love to play songs they already know when they are learning to play an instrument. If you want to know 10 ways to get your child ready for piano lessons check out a few more of my blog posts for more information!

      Fall Songs About Apples

      Apple Tree Song

      apple tree

      Apple Tree Song

      Apple Tree Song is sung to the tune, “Hush Little Baby.” Apple Tree can be sung over and over and each time you can change the number of apples on the tree. You can start from the number one and count going up. Or you can start at the number 10 and count going down. Older kids may also count by twos, fives, or tens.

      Apple Pie Song

      applie pie

      Apple Pie Song

      This song is similar to the “10 Little Spiders” song in that it uses the tune, “10 Little Indians.” Apple picking and apple orchard visits are a classic part of autumn, so it makes sense to have an apple pie counting song! You can think about other foods apples can be put into: cobbler, oatmeal, muffins, cereal, etc. Kids love to be a part of the creative process and think of some of the most amazing things!

      Fall Songs About Pumpkins

      When I think of autumn, I think of apples, sunflower, and PUMPKINS! There are lots of great songs about pumpkins. Many of the apple songs can also become pumpkin songs with a little twist of lyrics.

      Five Little Pumpkins

      five little pumpkins

      Five Little Pumpkins

      Five Little Pumpkins is a more difficult song for preschoolers to learn, because it has a lot of words! But wonderful education happens in this song, so it is worth singing!

      First of all this song teaches ordinal numbers. Ordinal numbers are first, second, third, fourth, fifth. I like to do a little piano teaching prep here, so I teach the kids to put up their thumb on first, pointer finger on second, middle finger for third, ring finger for fourth and pinky for fifth.

      These are the finger numbers for teaching piano lessons so it is great prep to get kids used to identifying these ordinal numbers with the correct finger. Just by demonstrating it, kids catch on.

      I like to sing “Five Little Pumpkins” to the tune, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

      Pumpkin Patch Song

      pumpkin patch

      Pumpkin Patch Song

      I sing this song to the tune of “Shortenin’ Bread.” You can sing this song many times and each time you can change the word “loves” to something else. Some suggestions include: picks, eats, carves, bakes, etc. Again, getting kids thinking about what other ideas they can come up with is fun!

      A Little Pumpkin with a Frown

      a little pumpkin with a frown

      A Little Pumpkin with a Frown

      This is an original song. I wrote this song because kids don’t always feel happy. So it’s a great segue into talking about emotions and what we can do when we are not happy. How might you feel when you have a frown on your face? Why might you feel that way? What can you do about it? Equipping children with how to handle their emotions is very important. I look for opportunities to validate emotions and feelings, and let kids know that it is okay to feel those ways. The video below demonstrates how to sing this song,

      Fall Animal Songs

      Animals are busy busy busy in the fall. They are preparing for a long winter. Talking about what animals are doing to prepare for winter is a great springboard to thinking about animal activities and how animals might move. These ideas are great to incorporate into music and movement.

      Grey Squirrel

      grey squirrel

      Grey Squirrel

      Kids love the Grey Squirrel song because they love to swoosh the big bushy tail! I love to sing this song with a scarf and move the scarf like the squirrel’s tail. Identifying your nose and fingers that hold little acorns adds to the movement of this song.

      My version is adapted from Leanne Guenther’s fall nursery rhyme. You can add more verses to this song by changing the lyrics “grey squirrel” to other family members, like papa squirrel, mama squirrel, baby squirrel, etc. You can also talk about other animals that have tails and make this an animal tail song.

      Or you can make this a color song and make your squirrel brown, yellow, orange, red, etc.

      Five Little Bunnies

      five little bunnies

      Five Little Bunnies

      There are several melodies you can sing Five Little Bunnies to: Twinkle Twinkle, Paw-Paw-Patch tune, Row Row Row your Boat. This song lends itself to making up any kind of simple tune. The end of the song is fun. You can have children hop as long as you want and you can count how many hops they hop!

      Printable Resource: Autumn Songs for Preschoolers

      I love to have all my seasonal materials in one place. So I made up this song collection, printed it, and put a comb-binding on it. If you are interested in this pdf collection you can get it by subscribing to Music Time Kid Music Community below. I’d love to have you join us. I am constantly putting together more musical resources to help you have fun with your toddlers and preschoolers. Both parents and teachers find these games, songs, musical activities and other printables helpful! Join us today!

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        What are Lullabies that Calm and Put your Baby to Sleep?

        What are lullabies?

        what are lullabies

        A lullaby or cradle song, is a soothing song or piece of music that is usually played for (or sung to) children. Parents sing a lullaby to help their children fall asleep.

        Because most lullabies are passed down from one generation to the next orally, there are no known composers, but rather the songs are identified by their countries of origin. Most lullabies are repetitive and have very simple melodies and parents can create a joyful home using children’s music in their everyday lives.

        Often a lullaby is thought of as goodnight song because parents typically will sing these songs or play soothing lullabies when it is time for babies to go to sleep. I always encourage parents to sing live lullabies because it is so important for your child to listen and hear your voice! There really is nothing better to put baby to sleep.

        Lullabies Create Memories

        I remember my mother sang many lullabies to me. One of those song I remember is Too La Roo La (an Irish Lullaby). I can still remember the rocking chair in my bedroom. And I remember putting each of my own babies to sleep with a soft hum or song. Those are wonderful memories! You can create music memories with your child too!

        Below I will share 10 traditional lullabies that are very well known and will include a couple of my favorites (I can’t resist!)

        Calm Kid Music for Parents

        I recently created a music video filled with soothing, calm and relaxing music. It is wonderful not only for children (naptime, bedtime, study time, and such), but all of my mommy friends love it too (think a relaxing soak in the bathtub with this music!) I don’t know about you, but I find adding relaxing music to my day just helps my mental health so much! This is the video below!

        Why do lullabies calm a crying child?

        Parents find lullabies calm babies because they listen to them singing. Imagine a mother soothingly humming and looking into the lovely face of her beautiful child. I struggled to get my first born to sleep at night for an entire year (or maybe 3!). Sleep time was always a chore of hand holding, singing, reading stories, and more. My husband and I took turns at bedtime because it was so exhausting. Why won’t this child go to sleep? I asked myself over and over.

        There are many children who resist bedtime because they do not want to separate from their parents. So I have found soothing, calm music and lullabies to be very helpful. Below I will share 10 of my favorite lullabies, but please know…. there are thousands of lullabies from around the world.

        Passed down from parent to child, these soothing melodies stand the test of time in beauty and simplicity. Parents may sing to their child until he falls asleep.

        I admit, there are many lullabies that have dark undertones. Found in old fairy tales or folklore, those lullabies have images of baby stealing, little grey wolf, scary giant, baby plummets, black eagles soaring, and the like. These creepier lullabies generally taught a moral lesson and although the outcomes were sometimes sad, message is delivered with love. Nonetheless, in today’s post we will focus on the less gruesome (I hope!) because you will see even popular lullabies still sung today aren’t always full of sunshine.

        10 lullabies that calm crying children

        Rock A Bye Baby

        Still sung today, this popular lullaby is sung by Raffi. This version comes from his album Calming Classical Lullabies

        This article published in the UK states, “Rock-a-bye-Baby, also contains danger, warning in the nicest possible way that the baby and cradle will drop from the bough of a tree. Night-time has always been associated with darkness and fear and this may go some way to explaining the threatening themes in some lullabies, says Sally Goddard Blythe, author of a number of books on child development, and director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology. But all lullabies – even the scary ones – she says, are rooted in “love, tenderness and caring”. Many lullabies, regardless of the meaning of their words, possess a peaceful hypnotic quality.”

        Nina Perry, BBC World Service

        Rock a Bye Baby

        Rock a-bye, baby,
        On the tree top,
        When the wind blows,
        The cradle will rock.
        When the bough breaks,
        The baby will fall,
        Down will come baby,
        Cradle and all!

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        Hush Little Baby

        Lisa Loeb sings this lullaby from her album Nursery Rhyme Parade!

        Hush Little Baby (Mockingbird)

        Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
        Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.
        And if that mocking bird don’t sing,
        Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.
        And if that diamond ring turns brass,
        Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.
        And if that looking glass gets broke,
        Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.
        And if that billy goat won’t pull,
        Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.
        And if that cart and bull turn over,
        Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.
        And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
        Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.
        And if that horse and cart fall down,
        You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

        You Are My Sunshine

        The Fox + The Hound lullaby version from the album Moon Songs: Lullabies for Baby and Parent

        You are My Sunshine

        You are my sunshine
        My only sunshine
        You make me happy
        When skies are gray
        You’ll never know, dear
        How much I love you
        Please don’t take my sunshine away

        Cradle Song (Brahm’s Lullaby)

        Brahms’ Lullaby sung by Celine Dion on her album These Are Special Times

        I love this lullaby version because lullabies sung by true vocal artists with a mother’s voice like Celine Dion are just heavenly.

        Brahms’ Lullaby

        “Lullaby and goodnight,
        With roses bestride
        With lilies bedecked, ’neath baby’s sweet bed
        May thou sleep, may thou rest, may thy slumber be blest
        May thou sleep, may thou rest, may thy slumber be blest…”

        Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

        This lullaby version is by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell from the album Catch the Moon. I hope this inspires you to realize you can hum any children’s song and it is a lullaby! Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is my 2 year old grandson’s favorite song. It would be his hands down favorite lullaby!

        Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

        Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
        How I wonder what you are
        Up above the world so high
        Like a diamond in the sky
        Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
        How I wonder what you are

        All the Pretty Horses

        This lullaby version from Beautiful Chorus is from the album Good Night Moon Child. This was probably my favorite lullaby when I was in grade school. I remember learning this folk song and I just loved it! I never sang it to any of my children though, because by the time I was a mother, I had other lullabies I loved even more.

        Hush-a-bye (All the Pretty Little Horses) Lullaby

        Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
        Go to sleep little baby
        When you wake
        You will find
        All the pretty little horses:
        Oh, dapples and greys, pintos & bays,
        Oh, all the pretty little horses.
        Way down yonder
        In a meadow
        Poor little baby cryin’ mama
        Birds and the butterflies
        Fly all around him
        Poor little baby cryin’ mama.
        Oh, hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
        Go to sleep little baby
        Oh, when you wake
        You will find
        All the pretty little horses.

        Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

        This lullaby version is by Suzy Bogguss from the album American Folk Songbook. This was my ALL-TIME favorite lullaby to sing to any child. I am very fond of American Spirituals and along with the following song, All Night, All Day they were the best pair of lullabies for this mother!

        Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home
        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home

        I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
        Coming for to carry me home
        A band of angels coming after me
        Coming for to carry me home

        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home
        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home

        If you get there before I do
        Coming for to carry me home
        Tell all my friends I’m coming, too
        Coming for to carry me home

        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home
        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home

        I’m sometimes up and sometimes down
        Coming for to carry me home
        But still my soul feels heavenly bound
        Coming for to carry me home

        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home
        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home

        The brightest day that I can say
        Coming for to carry me home
        When Jesus washed my sins away
        Coming for to carry me home

        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home
        Swing low, sweet chariot
        Coming for to carry me home

        If I get there before you do
        Coming for to carry me home
        I’ll cut a hole and pull you through
        Coming for to carry me home

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        All Night, All Day (Angels Watching Over Me)

        This lullaby version is by Shaina Noll from her album You Can Relax Now. I always taught this song to my Christian Daycare kiddos. Lyrics akin to the children’s prayer… Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen. I like the lyrics to this song better…. Stay with me through out the night, and wake me with the morning light.

        All Night, All Day (Angels Watching Over Me)

        All night, all day,
        angels watching over me, my Lord.
        All night, all day,
        angels watching over me.
        Now I lay me down to sleep.
        Angels watching over me, my Lord.
        Pray the Lord my soul to keep.
        Angels watching over me.
        Lord, stay with me through the night.
        Angels watching over me, my Lord.
        Wake me with the morning light.
        Angels watching over me.

        Highland Fairy Lullaby

        There are many beautiful lullabies from around the world. This lullaby comes from Scotland. This is an example of what I mentioned above in terms of creepy storyline. But if you listen to the melody, you will see it is simple and singable. If you learn this melody (I am providing an instrumental version) it is easy to hum. Let me know if the comments below what you think of this melody after you listen to it.

        Highland Fairy Lullaby

        She left her baby lying here,
        Lying here, lying here,
        She left her baby lying here
        To go and gather blaeberries*.
        She saw the wee brown otter’s track,
        Otter’s track, otter’s track ;
        She saw the wee brown otter’s track,
        But she ne’er saw her baby!
        Ho-van, ho-van gorry o go,
        Gorry o go, gorry o go;
        Ho-van, ho-van gorry o go,
        She never found her baby.
        She searched the moorland tarns and then,
        Wandered through the silent glen;
        And she saw the mist upon the ben,
        But she never saw her baby.
        She heard the curlew crying far,
        Crying far, crying far,
        She heard the curlew crying far,
        But she never heard her baby.
        Ho-van, ho-van gorry o go,
        Gorry o go, gorry o go;
        Ho-van, ho-van gorry o go,
        She lost her darling baby.
        She left her baby lying here,
        Lying here, lying here,
        She left her baby lying here.
        To go and gather blaeberries.

        Do you have a favorite lullaby?

        Do you have a favorite lullaby? Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite lullaby is. AND if you have a favorite version (or artist) of your lullaby. I am always looking for beautiful songs to add to my playlist!

        10 Songs That Get My Kids Cleaning

        Why Play Music While You are Cleaning?

        songs that get my kids cleaning

        Today I want to share 10 songs that get my kids cleaning with me! Why play music while you are cleaning? Kids love music! And who doesn’t love a little bit of peace and quiet? Using music to clean up is one of my favorite strategies for getting the house in order without fighting with the kids. I simply ask that they help me pick up as we go along, so by the end we’re all done!

        These songs are available on Amazon, so I’ve included some links to them to make things easier for you. But I also included Youtube links so you can build a free playlist from Youtube.

        10 songs that get my kids cleaning with me

        Besides this list of songs that get my kids cleaning, I also have another blog post that encourage movement. And a blog post that has songs perfect for getting the wiggles out on a rainy day! These songs would also work as cleaning songs!

        List of 10 Cleaning Songs That Energize Parents and Kids!

        This isn’t just your normal songs featuring kids singing for kids. These are songs even parents can groove to – some oldies, bluegrass, caribbean, italian, and more! I love creating some diversity for parents and kids that allows them to explore songs from other cultures! I hope these songs energize you! They will definitely make time to clean more fun. Now let’s clean up everybody!

        1)       “ABC” by Jackson 5 * (Amazon) (Youtube)

        ABC as easy as 1-2-3! Michael Jackson is such an energizer and kids will love to repeat ABC and 1-2-3 with this song! I guess it is kind of an oldie these days but an iconic Michael Jackson song. This is a lively and fun clean up song!

        2)            “The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens (Amazon) (YouTube)

        How many remakes of this song have been recorded over the years? Kids today will recognize this song from The Lion King, but it is so fun to actually get to hear the original! Once I start listening to this song I’m humming it all day long. It’s definitely one of my favorite clean up songs.

        3)            “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin (Amazon) (Youtube)

        A song to whistle along to. Kind of like Snow White’s philosophy on cleaning… whistle while you work! The philosophy of don’t worry, be happy can be applied to so many of life’s situations. So lets just whistle a little tidy up song!

        4)    “A Whistle in the Desert” by Raffi Wartanian (Amazon) (Youtube)

        This is an upbeat guitar instrumental song with percussion. There is a dance-like quality to this song with a mixed meter feel. This is an interesting addition in this list of songs for kids and you can make a game of the different sections of this song!

        5)   “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (Amazon) (I really like this version on YouTube)

        Bluegrass finger-picking banjo is fast, fast, fast! This will help get any clean up done with lightening speed! You can hear different instruments play besides the banjo so that is fun. Because it is a video song you can even see the instruments! Use the birds singing at the beginning as you “get ready” and then “GO!” when the music starts! Everyone will know it’s time to clean when this song plays.

        6)            “Dueling Banjos” (Amazon) (I love this version on YouTube)

        This is actually a duel between guitar and banjo. It of course speeds up and really takes off. Great for getting some serious cleaning done. If you listen to this cleaning song carefully you will hear the guitar lead the melody and the banjo echo! It’s lie they are having a conversation!

        7)            “Coconut Shuffle” (Amazon) (Youtube)

        Caribbean Steel Drum Band really lightens the mood! Caribbean music always makes me smile! Enjoy a little pineapple or orange juice when the job is done! Great “theme” song for kids!

        8)            “Una Giraffa di Stoffa” (Amazon) (Youtube)

        This Italian song is about a stuffed giraffe. Enjoy this dance-like song as you hear beautiful Italian lyrics. I love listening to the rolled r’s that English doesn’t have. Challenge each other to roll some r’s when the job is done! This challenge may end up with fits of laughter.

        9)           “Celebration” (Kool and the Gang) (Amazon) (Kids version on Youtube)

        This is a well-known song most adults know! But the YouTube video features kids from around the world. It’s fun to watch this video and see the kids play instruments and sing and then use it in your cleaning playlist! Fun song for kids and I especially love the video!

        10)            “Best Day of My Life” by Kidz Bop Kids (Amazon) (Youtube)

        What a great positive affirmation! I love positive energy when it comes to cleaning time. Your kids will be “ooh”-ing along with this one! What out. They may not want to stop cleaning.

        BONUS: “Happy” Kidz Bop Kids version (Amazon) (Youtube)

        This amazing and uplifting clapping song is sure to change the mood!

        Which Cleaning Songs are Your Favorite?

        You won’t find better music for cleaning up, and best of all you can create a playlist off YouTube for free! Or you can get some songs from Amazon and build out your playlist on your phone or device for a few bucks which has really helped me out!

        I hope you enjoy my songs for picking up toys, and best of all I hope they help make your cleaning go a little more smoothly! Be sure to share this page with anyone else who has kids and may need a few ideas for super fun music. Let me know which of these songs is your kids’ favorite.

        Leave me a comment below!

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        Easy Songs to Play on Piano: HOT CROSS BUNS

        There are many easy songs to play on piano. But most beginners start with the song, Hot Cross Buns. This simple three note song can easily be taught to even preschool piano students.

        Activities for Easy Piano Songs

        When I first began teaching piano to preschoolers I was always watching for easy songs to play on piano and ideas to extend the concepts that were being taught. There were few resources that actually focused on teaching piano to young children. So when I created this blog I wanted to share resources and teaching ideas that I wished I had when I first began teaching young children.

        For Hot Cross Buns, I am including a music alphabet song sheet, a movement activity, a play-doh mat for a finger building activity, and sweet treat cards to inspire children to think of other foods they can change to words to.

        I created a YouTube video to demonstrate these activities. The video can be found at the bottom of this blog post!

        More detailed instructional video on learning to play Hot Cross Buns and how to teach this song to your child is found below!

        Music Alphabet Song Sheet

        The Music Alphabet song sheet gives young students an instant win. This song is easily taught by rote (rote= watching how someone else plays this on the piano). But a music alphabet song sheet shows the notes on the piano that are to be played and give young students and parents a visual of the song. Because young students do not read music, but ARE learning their alphabet letters and beginning to learn to read words, the music alphabet song sheet is very helpful (but completely necessary if the student has an adult that can show them how to play the song).

        Movement Activities for Hot Cross Buns

        The words to Hot Cross Buns have this pattern: Hot Cross Buns = short, short, long. So I recommend moving the body like this: step, step, jump. One a penny, two a penny = pitter patter, pitter patter OR tippy toeing, tippy toeing.

        You can even have the child move like certain animals. What animals walk? Or jump? And what kind of animal makes a little pitter patter or tippy toeing sound?

        Young children learn by moving so this movement activity is VERY important!

        Play-Doh Finger Building Activity

        Children of all ages love Play-Doh. Squeezing play-doh helps strengthen the hand. Poking little fingers into play-doh helps to make fingers work independently (very important for piano playing) and strengthens the joints in the finger making curved fingers stronger.

        Rolling Balls, poking balls, rolling a couple flat pieces and smashing balls is a lot of fun!

        Sweet Treat Cards

        Kids love to tell you their favorite foods. You may hear foods like Mac & Cheese, Rice & Beans, Cheese Pizza, Spaghetti, and more. I have created little Sweet Treat Cards (there are also a couple healthy options like broccoli and tomato) to help springboard three-syllable food ideas.

        Sweet Treat Cards will give that tangible element to extend practice time. Because most easy songs to play on piano take virtually seconds to play, imaginative practice is required for little hands to strengthen up.

        If you place the cards upside down and you draw five different treats, the student can play five times (once for each treat).

        There are also blank cards for students to draw their favorite three-syllable treat. And of course, you make a really silly treat that is waaaay too many syllables. Just have fun!

        Hot Cross Buns

        & More Sweet Treats

        This easy piano song has a movement activity, a finger building component with Play-Doh, and Sweet Treat Cards to extend practice time!

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        Music and Movement Songs for Toddlers on a Rainy Day

        In another blog post I list my top 10 favorite music and movement songs for toddlers that I have curated for my in-person early childhood music classes. Today I am sharing a list of songs that you can use on a rainy day to help with giggles and get the wiggles out!

        Rainy days are often long days for parents. Children love to be outdoors and play. So parents can PLAN for these rainy days by collecting special musical instruments or other toys that only come out on rainy days. Children then look forward to these special rainy day activities!

        I always look for musical instruments I don’t already have at garage sales or consignment shops. But if you don’t have access to these I will leave a list below of some instruments I find most families do not have that you may interested in adding to your “Rainy Day Basket”. I also have a free 20 minute toddler online music class that would perfect for a rainy day!

        Music and Movement Songs for Toddlers

        Here is the list of music links.

        If You’re Happy and You Know It

        Skip to My Lou


        15 minutes of Laurie Berkner

        Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

        Robin in the Rain

        Move and Freeze


        You Are My Sunshine

        Jungle Boogie Dance

        Shoo Lie Loo

        Apples and Bananas


        The Tickle Bug

        Do you have some favorites that I can add to my collection? Leave the title and the artist in the comments!