Baby Time: Action Songs for Babies

Clap Clap Clap Your Hands!

My daughter learned to clap recently and now she’s clapping at everything she does.  She even claps when she successfully falls down from standing, too funny.  It made me stop and think about how much we’ve been modeling for her how to clap and what fun it can be to celebrate the little things.  Of course the teacher in me was spinning ideas of all the benefits she's learning from learning songs with Mommy.  Most importantly singing with your children creates such a special bond between you and your little one. 

Skills to Develop during Music Time
  • Builds language development
  • Allows for self expression
  • Learning about body parts
  • Increases listening skills and opportunities to follow directions
  • Builds social awareness
  • Increases attention span
  • Teaches order and sequence
  • Builds dexterity and muscle control
I hope that you'll take time each day to sing with your baby!  Music is such a gift in the life of a child. 


Here are some fun ACTION songs we’ve been singing


Clap Clap Clap Your Hands
Clap clap clap your hands
Clap your hands together
Clap clap clap your hands,
Clap you hands together.

You can easily substitute clap into any action word like stomp, jump tap wiggle and change hands to a different body part. 

We like to sing this version as I lift her up in the air too.

Jump jump jump up high,
Jump way up in the sky
Jump jump jump up high
Jump way up in the sky 

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap you hands.
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it clap you hands! 

You can change clap to any action word too!  (Shake, wave, snap, reach up high etc.)
  
The Baby Hokey Pokey
You put your arms up
You put your arms down
You put your arms up
And you wave them all around
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun! 

You put your legs up
You put your legs down
You put your legs up
And you wave them all around
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun!

You put your baby up
You put your baby down
You put your baby up
And you wave her all around
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun!

Need some instruments to go along with your music?
 
Here's a post about how to create your own musical instruments for babies and toddlers that are made from recycled materials. You can check out more Baby Time ideas on our site!
 
Here's a Great Site with lyrics to many other songs too!

What are you favorite Action Songs you sign with your Baby?

6 comments:

  1. Yay! Easy ideas, I just need to do them with my baby!

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  2. Great post! I have a fair ammount of songs in my head that I can pull out any time to sing... but then when we attend storytime at the library and the super-fun library lady does all of her fabulous hand rhymes/songs with the kids- it makes me crazy that I can't remember them all when I want to! They are simple and I think I'll remember them at the time... but then when it comes down to it... I draw a blank. I need to go to her and get a list with all the hand movements and study them or something! anyway- great post

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  3. Robyn are library always gives us a print out when we attend our story time. Maybe you could ask yours if she's willing to do it. I'm just like you I forget it unless I've seen it in print.

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  4. Thanks Activity Mom for sharing! Shonda so glad you're following us on facebook now! Hope your little ones loves them as much as mine does.

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  5. Great post.i have got huge amount of songs in the post.I give my baby.she really enjoyed well..i would like to tell thank you for this post..

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