Most toddlers love to listen to music and to dance. They have an innate desire to do so. Turn on some snappy kids’ music, and your little one will likely start clapping her hands and dancing to the tune.
Tapping into this natural desire is good for your toddler as you’re teaching her early to enjoy music and to learn about rhythm. Most kids’ music also teaches your children through lyrics that are often funny rhymes (teaching language skills and rhyming) or popular fairy tales. Don’t forget that all of the dancing is good for her motor skills.
If you don’t know where to start when finding music for your toddler, here are some of our favorite picks. Many of them can be found for free on YouTube, or you can borrow them from the library.
The Laurie Berkner Band. Your child will likely enjoy anything by The Laurie Berkner Band. My children listened to her CDs so frequently, I know all of the songs by heart as if it was my favorite band. She now has 10 CDs available, so there is plenty of material to choose from. My children’s two favorite songs were, “We Are the Dinosaurs,” and “Moon, Moon, Moon,” but all of her material is good. Berkner knows how to keep children’s attention, and her music ranges from fast-paced to slow and melodic, loud and animated to quiet and peaceful.
The Mother Goose Club. You can find these songs on YouTube. Think of The Mother Goose Club as MTV for toddlers. There are a number of children who dress up in costumes and take turns singing the songs and acting them out. My children, who are now preschool and above, still enjoy watching The Mother Goose Club on YouTube. This can be an excellent way to help your child learn all of the rhymes and songs that you yourself learned as a young child. You can find anything from “The Wheels on the Bus,” to “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” to “Humpty Dumpty.”
The Wiggles. Whether you get The Wiggles’ CDs or DVDs, your kids will enjoy their funny humor and their songs. If you’re stuck inside on a cold winter day, The Wiggles’ music can help your kids, “shake their sillies out, nod their naughties out, jump their jiggles out, and clap their crazies out.” (Lyrics from The Wiggles’ song, “Shake Your Sillies”.
Veggie Tales. Of course, Veggie Tales’ DVDs are very popular with the younger set, but they also have CDs. Their musical choices range from soundtracks to their popular DVDs and compilation CDs. (A great value is their 150 All-Time Favorite Songs CD for $17.99. Don’t forget that you can first try out the music on Veggie Tales YouTube channel.
What music does your toddler love to listen to? Share in the comments.