Did you know that being able to rhyme is an important predictor of early reading? How so? Because being able to rhyme helps kids manipulate the sounds in common word family words (cat, bat, sat, etc.) that are so prevalent in the early readers.
And a SUPER FUN way to integrate those rhyming words is through SONG! So, I thought I’d share 20 songs we sing quite frequently to add rhyme into our routine. Some of these are original to me; some are old-time favorites. And some are youtube links so you can enjoy them with your child together! Please note that this post contains affiliate links. All photos are used with permission from Microsoft Office Clip Art.
20 Songs that Add Rhyme to Your Routine
1. WAKING UPGood Morning To You (tune: Happy Birthday to You) Good morning to you Good morning to you, Good morning, dear child’s name Good morning to you! Good Morning, Mr. Rooster (youtube link) I substitute the words “Mr. Rooster” with the child’s name and “Cock-a-doodle-do” with “How do you do?”
2. BRUSHING TEETHRaffi’s You Brush Your Teeth Song (a classic!) Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Brush, brush, brush your teeth Brush them every day Brush, brush, brush your teeth Keep cavities away.
3. GETTING DRESSEDThis is the Way (tune: Mulberry Bush) This is the way we put on our shirt, put on our shirt, put on our shirt, This is the way we put on our shirt So early in the morning. (verses: put on our pants, shorts, hat, shoes, etc.) Let’s Get Dressed (tune: London Bridge) Put your shirt on, let’s get dressed Let’s get dressed, let’s get dressed Put your shirt on, let’s get dressed We’ll look our best (replace “Put your shirt on” with different articles of clothing)
4. WASHING HANDSWash Your Hands (tune: Clap Your Hands) Wash, wash, wash your hands Scrub your hands together Wash, wash, wash your hands Scrub your hands together Scrub a little faster now Scrub along with me Scrub a little slower now Scrub along with me. If They’re Dirty and You Know It (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) If they’re dirty and you know it, wash your hands If they’re dirty and you know it, wash your hands If they’re dirty and you know it Then your hands will surely show it If they’re dirty and you know it, wash your hands
5. SNACK TIMEThank You, God (tune: Are You Sleeping?) Thank You, God Thank You, God For our food, for our food And our many blessings, And our many blessings, Amen. Amen. Yum, Yum, Yum (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb) Applesauce- so yum, yum, yum Yum, yum, yum Applesauce- so yum, yum, yum Yummy in my tum. (replace “applesauce” with other food names)
6. PLAYINGSwinging Swinging, swinging Swinging to and fro Swinging, swinging child’s name loves it so! (I learned this from my grandmother. Not sure the name of the tune.) Walking, Walking (tune: Are You Sleeping?) Walking, walking Walking, walking Run, run, run! Run, run, run! Jumping, jumping, jumping Jumping, jumping, jumping Oh, what fun! Oh, what fun!
7. OUTSIDE WEATHERRain, Rain, Go Away (currently one of MBug’s favorites) Mr. Sun If you haven’t seen any of the Gigglebelly videos, they’re super fun!
8. CLEANING UPClean Up Song Clean up, clean up Everybody, everywhere Clean up, clean up Everybody do your share. (I couldn’t find the link, but Barney made this one popular!) A Helper I Will Be (tune: The Farmer in the Dell) A helper I will be, A helper I will be. There’s work to do, There’s work to do A helper I will be.
9. BATH TIMEHead, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Scrub-a Dub, Dub (tune: Skip to My Lou) Scrub-a dub, dub In the tub Scrub-a dub, dub In the tub Scrub-a dub, dub In the tub Get clean in the tub.
10. ROCKING CHAIR/SLEEPY TIMERocking, Rocking Rocking, rocking Rocking to and fro Rocking, Rocking Child’s name loves it so! (similar to Swinging, Swinging) Hush, Little Baby (classic version)
Just a side note: You don’t need a vocal degree to sing with your baby, toddler, or preschooler. You don’t even need to be able to carry a tune in a bucket! If this still doesn’t comfort you, simply the lyrics and speak them to a steady beat. The effect is still the same.
So, there you have it–an educationally *sound* reason to simply be silly and sing together! (pun intended) What songs do you like to include in your routine?
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