I love 'kid' music. There is something so simple and pure about it. You can easily sing along and I find myself singing these songs while doing dishes or blow drying my hair. Sure my kids love to dance and sing to Lady Gaga, but nothing like an old fashioned kid song. Here are my top three kid albums.
1 - Hap Palmer: Learning Basic Skills Through Music Volume I
Easy to understand lyrics to help build a child's vocabulary of not only letters, numbers, and colors, but also body parts and daily routines. Listening and following directions allow the children to act out almost every song. This album has one of my favorite songs - Colors. I love this song. Beautiful lyrics reminding us to look at our very own world for the beautiful, vibrant colors. It is also a great interactive song - it literally provides instruction for 4 different colors to stand up and sit down (when I was teaching I would give students a colored bear or piece of paper and they were that color. This is a great song for listening and following directions)
2 - Raffi: One Light, One Sun
This album features many popular songs - Apples and Bananas, Take me out to the Ballgame, Octopus's Garden, Twinkle, Twinkle, and One Light, One Sun. Again, the pure, simple lyrics are great for children. The Apples and Bananas song is a fun play on vowel sounds. One Light, One Sun reminds us that we are part of a bigger universe. Just great, fun, silly songs for kids of all ages.
3 - Ivan Ulz: Songs from the Old School
Awesome album. Such creative, fun songs.... obviously Fire Truck! is a hit. But I also have to love I'm a little cookie (with kids we all know they want the big piece of cookie, but this song reminds us how special the crumb can be!) And, my personal favorite from the album - Hotta Chocolatta. Love this song. A fun song for winter (especially the winter we have had this year!) These songs are great for creativity and allow children to act out as Ivan narrates a story for us. Great album.
What's your favorite children's album?
Erica Young, Motherburg Contributor
Erica has a MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University. She is currently a stay at home mom to a 4 year old pony loving ballerina and a 2 year old metrocard holding bus driver.
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