My kids sing when they are happy. Twin A loves to sing and hum and Twin B joins in at times with gusto. They are getting so many songs in their repertoire I will lose track before long, so I am compiling this list of songs they can sing around age 3.
Frere Jaques. a.k.a. “Are you sleeping, Brother John?” We sing the French version, or maybe I should say the french with a good-old-southeastern-accent version.
Allouette. We just guess on the pronunciations of the french words. It’s a good song for roaming around the house in a jaunty way.
The Wheels on the Bus. Probably the first song they could sing along with, adding a word here and there. Now they sing their own versions, like “the Monkey on the Bus goes Ooh ooh eeh.”
The Problem is Solved. From the television show “Peg Plus Cat.” or to be more accurate “Peg Fwus Cat” My kids have learned little tunes from several television shows.
When You’re Sick (Rest is best, rest is best) which we learned from Daniel Tiger.
Zaccheus. He was a wee little man, too.
Three Blind Mice. This song is sung higher and higher the more times it is repeated.
Ring Around the Rosie. They only sing this one if they have willing participants in the singing and circling game.
Hokey Pokey. Ditto with the circling game. They love to hokey pokey.
I’m a Little Teapot. They seem to sing this one at church because they always sing it in the car on the way home.
Mary had a Little Lamb
The More We Get Together The Happier We’ll Be. The Singing Tractor plays this folk favorite and our kids learned to sing it.
Old McDonald had a Farm. Singing Tractor again.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (or the alphabet song, or bah bah black sheep. However you want to say it, you’re singing the same tune. I think my kids know all the words to every version!)
Bring Back my Bonnie to Me (or You!)
Home, Home on the Range.
Aiken Drum. A folk song from a song book the boys received last Christmas.
Over the River and Thru the Woods. From a library book.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I thought this one was appropriate for the gentlemen to sing for their grandma at Christmas and we worked on learning it for a while but they didn’t start singing it until after the Christmas season.
Yingle Bells. Yingle all the way!
Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Another vestige of Christmas. They just hum the tune, no words needed.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein Deer.
And finally, the new classic: Oh Pooty Pooh (Sung to the tune of Oh Christmas Tree. It goes on in the way you would expect … “Oh Pootee Pooooh. Tee Pooh Tee Pooh Tee Poooooh Tee.” It’s highly catchy and once you sing it once you might find yourself singing it at work. I try not to.
Here are a couple artists we enjoy:
Elizabeth Mitchell: sweet folksy sound, good to listen to in a quiet time.
They Might be Giants: very peppy and very catchy. They have a number of children’s albums. You will be singing these songs all day. My guys like to turn them on and dance around the living room.