Active Toddler Songs and Music... Dance and Giggle Away!

In a rut? Looking for a toddler entertainment? Get your child (and you) moving with toddler songs and music for toddlers.

There are tons of fun songs will occupy and teach your kids. But... using these active songs, your toddler (and preschooler) will dance, giggle, and burn up some of that extra energy while learning and developing important skills…

  • Listening skills
  • How to follow directions
  • Concentration
  • Gross motor skills… jumping, hopping, turning…
  • Body awareness
  • AND MORE!



Toddler Songs Lyrics and Movements:

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Point to each body part as it is sung… toddlers as young as 12 months can do the song movements themselves after you help them a few times (they won’t be perfect and may only get one or two of the body parts at first.) Sit behind your baby and move his hands for him. Great song for learning body parts, too!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.

And eyes, and ears, and mouth,
And nose.

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.



Ring Around the Rosie
Form a circle with your child (or children) and move in a circle...

Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies.
Ashes, ashes.
We all fall down. (fall down with your child)

In a few toddler classes I've attended, they've added a verse that goes something like this...

Ring around you (stay on the ground and point to your toddler)
Ring around me (point to yourself)
We all jump up on the count of three!
ONE. TWO. THREE!" (put your fingers up to show 1, 2, and then 3. Finally take your toddler's hands and jump up together)





Parent Participation Toddler Songs
My kids beg for these kids songs. They are great "Mommy" exercise and very tiring so I can only do them a few times (much to their dismay…)


Walk Old Joe
Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you, put your toddler on your knees facing away from you, and hold him under his arms.

Walk old Joe, walk old Joe (move your knees slightly, one at a time, up and down slowly)
You walk better than any horse I know.
Whoa, Joe! Whoa, Joe! (hold onto your child and rock on your back and back to sitting with each “Whoa, Joe!”… great stomach exercises!)

Trot old Joe, trot old Joe (move your knees a little higher, one at a time, up and down slightly faster)
You trot better than any horse I know.
Whoa, Joe! Whoa, Joe! (again, hold onto your child and roll on your back and back to sitting with each “Whoa, Joe!”)

Gallop old Joe, gallop old Joe (move your knees as much as you can, one at a time, up and down fast!)
You gallop better than any horse I know.
Whoa, Joe! Whoa, Joe! (roll down and up again- feel the burn yet?)



The Mighty Duke of York
Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you, put your toddler on your knees facing away from you, and hold him under his arms (keep holding on through the entire song.)


The mighty Duke of York. He had ten thousand men.
He marched the men right up the hill, (bend your knees and your child will go “up”)
And marched them down again. (straighten your legs to bring your toddler “down”)

‘Cause when you’re up, your up (bend your knees and bring your child up again)
And when you’re down, your down (straighten again)
And when your only half way up, (bend your knees slightly)
You’re neither up nor down. (bend your knees up and down with the words)

He marched them to the left (tip your legs and your child to the left- keep holding on!)
He marched them to the right (tip to the right)
He marched his men right upside down (hold onto your child and roll on your back and back to sitting)
Oh what a silly sight!


I add toddler songs and music regularly, but your toddler or preschooler will also have fun singing:

Lullabies Math (Number) Songs Fingerplays and many other kids songs



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