Monday, July 23, 2012

Music = Following Directions (well sometimes)

(29 Months)

I love how music makes learning so much fun.  From the days of learning the words and hand motions to "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to learning the dances and games that require active listening.   Music = following directions.

Songs are wonderful for increasing your child's vocabulary, working on developing her gross motor skills and improving his confidence (they are so excited when they learn a new song/dance, and can do it all by themselves).  Most of these songs play continually on *Pandora's Toddler Station (free internet radio with commercials, or you can pay a one-time fee for uninterrupted music).  Here are some of our favorite dancing songs and games that involve following directions (hand motions, full body movements and gathering items).
  • Marching Medley 
  • Dance All Day
  • Clap It
  • Pop
  • Shake Your Sillies Out
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Five Green and Speckled Frogs
  • Rockabye Bear
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • I'm a Little Teapot
  • When You're Happy and You Know It
  • Musical Chairs
  • Mommy (Simon) Says
  • Red Rover 
  • Red Light, Green Light
I have a half a dozen blurred pictures of the kids dancing to various songs.  None that are even close to post worthy, unless of course to document my extremely poor camera skills.

*Blah, blah- Pandora does not compensate me for my recommendation of their service.  Blah, blah. Made the type tiny, because disclosures seem to always be unnecessarily small. 


  1. I have just recently found the joy of Pandora and am hoping to incorporate it into our routine as well. I haven't been to the toddler station yet, but it sounds perfect for my active little ones.

  2. Oh, I have my own Pandora station, but never thought to look for a toddler station. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I hadn't thought to check for a toddler station on Pandora - great idea!

    lol at your tiny type comment in your disclosure :)