Searching for songs for circle time? Are you an in-home child care provider and looking for circle time activities and ideas? Do you teach toddlers, preschoolers or even infants and need fun songs? Here are ten kid-friendly songs for circle time.
1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is one of the most popular circle time songs. The hand motions allow the children to develop gross motor skills. They’ll make the shape of a diamond and more. You can find a nice how-to video for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star here.
2. Color Song
This song can help children learn their colors. It is not a very common circle time song, but it has a great, catchy tune. Listen to it here. For an added visual use flash cards (you probably will have to move them very quickly), or a hand glove with different colors for each finger. For older preschool age kids, give each child a colored flash card, and have them raise it when their color was sung.
3. Flitter Flutter Butterfly
This is an adorable song that is similar to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” It is probably easier for kids ages 3 and above, but of course younger toddlers will enjoy it as well. Here is a terrific video to learn the lyrics and hand motions. You could also use a butterfly cut-out, or butterfly toy as a visual.
4. Itsy Bitsy Spider (Also Known as Eensy Weensey Spider)
This is a cute song that the kids will learn quickly. Click here for a how-to video video and learn the lyrics to the “Eensy Weensey Spider”. For a creative touch, allow the children to handle plastic spiders during the song.
5. Old McDonald Had a Farm
“Old McDonald Had a Farm” is quite an amusing circle time song as well. For preschoolers and older toddlers you can allow the kids to suggest which animals to sing. For an added visual, purchase cheap plastic animal toys and use them each time you sing about the animal. Click here to watch a great how-to video with the lyrics to “Old McDonald Had a Farm.”
6. One, Two Buckle My Shoe
A sixth great circle time is “One, Two Buckle My Shoe.” This is probably best for older toddlers and preschoolers. It can help teach children how to count. Click here to watch a how-to video.
7. The Wheels on the Bus
“The Wheels on the Bus” is another circle time song that will allow the kids to use hand motions, etc. Here is a good video with the lyrics. For an additional visual for circle time, you could have a toy bus and point to the doors, etc.
8. Baby Bumble Bee Song
Another fun circle time song is the “Baby Bumble Bee Song.” This is probably better for preschool age students, but toddlers and even babies will enjoy it too. Here is a great video to watch to learn the song.
9. Good Morning Song
If you have circle time in the morning, then its a great time to sing the “Good Morning Song.” It’s very easy and can be a great song to start circle time with. You can watch a video of the Good Morning Song here.
10. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
This is a fun song that can help children learn some of their body parts. It can be quite amusing for the kids to keep going faster and faster, and might bring some laughs. You can watch a how-to video here.
These are ten great songs for circle time! For more circle time activities, please read “Preschool Circle Time Ideas for the Letter S” and “Toddler Circle Time Activities About Rain.” Also check out “10 Circle Time Activities for the Letter B.” If you are an infant teacher, browse “Preschool Circle Time Ideas for Babies.” Happy Teaching!