Inside: Circle time songs can play a big role in preschool learning. They teach important concepts, build language and social skills, and can have a calming affect with energetic children.
Music is a big part of our toddler and preschool day.
We use music to help us through transitions, while walking to and from the gym and outdoors, and when say goodbye.
Music is also an important part of our circle times, where we learn new concepts, build language skills, and simply have fun!
I received a complimentary copy of The Seasons children’s music CD by Nancy Kopman. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
How to Use Circle Time Songs as Learning Activities
There are some important things to think about when choosing songs for toddlers and preschoolers.
I like to choose songs that are interactive.
Songs that get the hands clapping, the feet stomping, the head moving.
I love to build skills such as counting, identifying colors, learning about parts of the body.
“Before you pick the songs, keep in mind that your child benefits from doing more than just listening,” explains Lili Levinowitz, cofounder of Music Together. “The get the full benefits of music, children need to sing, clap, and dance along with the tunes.” (You can read more of this article here.)
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Clap Your Hands
When I received a copy of The Seasons, a children’s CD by Nancy Kopman, I listened to all the songs while planning my toddler and preschool circle times. The first song on playlist, Clap Your Hands, was the perfect example of what I am looking for with these age groups.
Everybody clap your hands.
Everybody go peek-a-boo.
Everybody go side to side.
Everybody go 1, 2, 3.
You can get an idea of how this song works in the video below. As you can see, even young toddlers have fun getting involved!
This was another favorite during our circle time:
Here is one more:
I would definitely recommend The Seasons for teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents – anyone who spends time with young children!
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More music ideas for toddlers and preschoolers:
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