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Preschool Song: Make Everyday Things Magical

When you use a preschool song, you see, the child thinks it is more like a game. Asking a preschooler to pick up his or her toys is a battle because, well, it’s just not fun.

 

 

Preschool Song

by Amy Finley

Why do you need a preschool song?

Preschoolers are among the most stubborn people on the planet. As a matter of fact, if you want to ensure something will not get done, just ask your preschooler to do. Really. He or she will most likely do one of two things: a) bat his or her long eyelashes and ever so sweetly tell you “no”, or b) have a tantrum and scream “no” so loud your neighbors will be knocking on the door to make sure everything’s alright. (If your preschooler is not like this, you were either blessed beyond all compare or else you should be crowned mother of the year, no question).

That’s where the preschool song comes in. Kids, especially at the preschool age, love music. So, one of the easiest ways to get your preschooler to do something is to involve a song somehow. A preschool song can work for virtually anything that needs to be done.

The Preschool Song Turns Work Into Fun

When you use a preschool song, you see, the child thinks it is more like a game. Asking a preschooler to pick up his or her toys is a battle because, well, it’s just not fun. Plain and simple. So telling little Johnny or Susie to pick up his or her toys is going to result in one of the two aforementioned scenarios and most likely result in you -- the parent, teacher, or baby-sitter -- getting frustrated.

If you make up a suitable preschool song, however, the scenario will probably be quite different. For example, at our house, to get our son to pick up the eight thousand toys strewn all over, we get a laundry basket and go ‘fishing.’ We sing, “let’s go fishing, let’s go fishing” and every so often interject “Catch a fish! Let’s catch another fish!” (The credit for making this one up for this one actually goes to my seven-year-old daughter.)

What Preschool Song To Use?

The neat thing with a preschool song is that it doesn’t matter if you keep singing the same words over and over again, it doesn’t matter what tune you sing to, or even if you’re tone deaf. The point is it’s music, it’s a game, and so it’s fun.

If you’re have trouble coming up with a preschool song to help get your preschooler to do daily necessities, here are a few suggestions:

--Washing hands. Sing the following to the tune twinkle, twinkle little star:
Washing, washing, washing hands.
Here we go we’re washing hands.
Soap and water, soap water,
Soap and water, bubbles, too
Washing, washing, washing hands,
Here we go we’re washing hands.

-- Cleaning up toys or art projects. (This preschool song is from Barney):
Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere,
Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share.
(repeat until everything’s cleaned up)

--Going to bed: sing “goodnight, goodnight, goodnight” to any tune you want and then
Name familiar objects, people, or pets.
goodnight, goodnight, goodnight,
goodnight sky, goodnight truck,
goodnight, goodnight, goodnight,
goodnight fluffy, goodnight bear
Every so often interject the child’s name after one of the “goodnight’s.”

If you’re looking for a preschool song just for fun, or an idea for a tune for a “helping” preschool song, here are some old standbys:

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Three Little Piggies
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Where is Thumbkin?
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Alphabet Song
Row, Row, Row your Boat
I’m a Little Teapot
Yankee Doodle
Bingo (There was a farmer, had a dog…)
London Bridge is Falling Down
This Old Man
The Farmer in the Dell
The Wheels on the Bus


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