For those times when you're bored but don't feel like inventing a game; for when you need a quick entertaining method for your kids, but don't want to turn the TV on. Or simply, when you just want to have fun together, and maybe discover new sounds and learn a foreign word.. This (non) exhaustive list of children songs is for you! More than 40 amongst our favourite songs - in English, Italian, French and German. Some are well-known, others may surprise you.. It's time to sing and dance!
English Children songs
You probably know Raffi already.. Although he was a recent discovery for me! And have you already been on a bear hunt with your child? Or met an alligator waiting for the elevator?!
I'll start with Raffi's children songs, if you don't mind! I love the values he shares, he imaginary world some of his songs depict.. and the music itself.
The following songs are all for young kids, let's say 18 months to 5 year-olds. They teach counting and cause-effect in a simple way, through animals.
This is an action, wintery song, with a country soul. My daughter, 6, and I both love it!
And now, Laurie Berkner and her band. I'm in love with her children songs, I could actually listen to them and sing out loud as if they were adults songs.. Or maybe it's just me. Deep down, I'm still a child..
PS This song is genius to have your kids brush their teeth!
You have other versions of the bear hunt, but this is the one where you can see the actions.Plus, Michael Rosen is awesome!
German Children songs
Those are songs we learnt during our period in Germany. Let's start with counting and colors!
Hedgehogs are very popular and common in Germany, so during fall, many families help feed them to get them strong for winter.
On November 11th, German kids celebrate St Martins with hand-made lantern's and a parade in the woods, while singing together.
Italian Children songs
Some of these come straight from my own childhood folks.. !
The first song explains how from a seed you obtain new plants, trees, and so wood from which we can make tables and other stuff we use - a sort of life cycle!
This is the Italian version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider 🙂
And now, those have been amongst the most famous, sang children songs in Italy over the last 30 years I would say.. They're all different, you just have to go through them and pick what you like!
My children used to sing them at the nursery school, and I came to love their simplicity and sweetness. They mostly have animals in it, are funny and perky.
The last ones are from Kids United, a group of 5 French children, who are messangers of Unicef, promoting peace and children's rights.
Do you have other songs to suggest? Write it in the comments below!
If you look for other ideas on how to make your children happy, check this out !
For a ready-made CD to play in the car, you can take a look here below (affiliate links):
- One of the newest Raffi's collections
- This lady.. The best of Laurie Berkner's all here!
- This was a huge event in Italy when I grew up. Every year, they selected kids from all over the world to sing together in a songs' competition (Lo Zecchino d'Oro). You can hear the best songs in this CD