3 Fun Action Songs for Kids

Develop Your Kids Motor and Communication Skills With Singing

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If you have little ones at home, coming up with activities to keep them occupied can sometimes be challenging. There are several games though that your children can play with each other and you can join in the fun too!

One such game is singing action songs; not only is it a great way to incorporate music in your child's life, it also helps develop motor skills.

Child Development Through Singing

Singing is not only a fun activity for your kids, but also a great way to establish a solid foundation in terms of motor skills and communication skills.

Fine motor skills are the ability to control the small muscles in one's body, including fingers, toes, tongue and lips. Singing allows toddlers to exercise the muscles in and around their mouths. 

Singing also helps develop speech and communication skills. Children's songs usually have rhyming words which expose kids to phonics skills and sound awareness. According to Scholastic, this will enable them to speak, enunciate and learn how to read with more ease. Further, singing with parents is supposed to foster reciprocal communication skills at a young age. 

Songs that incorporate actions and movement will also help toddlers with rhythm, spatial awareness, balance and coordination.

Here are 3 popular children's' songs that you can introduce your kid to. These songs also incorporate easy dance moves that go along with the lyrics, which will get your little ones moving around. 

Do Your Ears Hang Low? 

Lyrics (excerpt)

Do your ears hang low? (Tug at earlobes)
Do they wobble to and fro? (Place hands near ears and wave back and forth)
Can you tie them in a knot? (Pretend you're tying a knot)
Can you tie them in a bow? (Pretend you're tying a bow)
Can you throw them over your shoulder (Pretend you're tossing something over your shoulder)
Like a continental soldier (Salute)
Do your ears hang low?

(Tug at earlobes)

Yes, my ears hang low
Yes, they wobble to and fro
I can tie them in a knot
I can tie them in a bow
I can throw them over my shoulder
Like a continental soldier
Yes, my ears hang low!

Also see Music Sheet by G. DeBenedetti

Eensey Weensey Spider 

Lyrics

The eensey weensey spider went up the waterspout (Right thumb to left pinkie, then left thumb to right pinkie and so on)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (Hold hands up high then wiggle fingers as hands move down)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (Hold hands up high and form circle)
And the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again. (Repeat action for first line)

Lyrics and Midi Sample, also see Music Sheet

Hokey Pokey

Lyrics (excerpt) by Roland Lawrence

You put your right foot in
You put 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!

Next do: left foot, right hand, left hand, etc.

Lyrics and Midi Sample, also see Music Sheet (Vendor's Site)