Music. It’s engaging, it’s soothing, it’s energizing, it’s mood altering AND it’s also a fantastic way to enhance relationships with children while teaching them skills! In this article, I’d like to share with you some of the songs that I use/teach to preschool teachers and parents. All tunes should be ones that you would be familiar with, but have altered lyrics.  Some of these I have created on my own, some are from Gymboree classes I have attended with my own child, and some are from CSEFEL trainings I went to. All of these are great, engaging songs to tunes children will recognize! This makes them more likely to participate and play along while building on important social/emotional/cognitive skills while helping you with classroom management!

For Preschool/Daycare Teachers

Welcome Welcome Everyone (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone, (or “little one” if child is alone) Now you’re here lets have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so, Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone, Now you’re here lets have some fun.

I Wish I Had a Little Red Box (Tune: “Polly Wolly Doodle”)

Oh, I wish I had a little red box to put my (child’s name) in. I’d take her out and Squeeze, Squeeze, Squeeze (or hug, hug, hug) And put her back again.

  • You can change the color of the box based on the color shirt the child is wearing
  • -use as a circle time song, welcome and introductions-bringing each child up on your lap or next to you in front of the group  helps them feel special. Works on building knowledge of colors as well!


Sitting in My High Chair ( Tune:  Short’nin’ Bread) (good for transition to lunch time or if needing to wait- you can substitute the color of the chair for older children rather than saying high chair)
Sitting In My High Chair High Chair, My Chair Sitting In My High Chair Banging with my spoon. Bring on the Carrots Bring on the Peas Somebody Feed This Baby Please (or “Kiddo Please” if an older child) Sitting In My High Chair High Chair, My Chair Sitting In My High Chair Banging My Spoon .Bring on the Jelly Bring on the Bread Somebody Get This Baby (kiddo) Fed

Bells are Ringing (sung to Frère Jaque)8453951_s

Bells are ringing, Bells are ringing

Hear them chime, hear them chime?

Calling all the children, calling all the children

It’s Circle Time (clean up time,etc.)


If You’re Mad and You Know It (Tune:  If You’re Happy And You Know It)

If you’re mad and you know it take a breath (breathe in and out)

If you’re mad and you know it take a breath, If you’re mad and you know it and your face will surely show it if you’re mad and you know it take a breath (breathe in and out)

*Continue different versus with different coping skills such as “Ask for Help-please help”, “Ask for  hug- hug please”, “Use your words-I’m mad”, “Take a break- go to your room”


 Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Twinkle twinkle traffic light, ‘round the corner shining bright

Red means Stop

Green means Go

Yellow means go very slow……

Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light, ‘round the corner shining bright!

*Great for teaching regulation of body movements and impulse control


Twinkle Twinkle Friend of Mine (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Twinkle Twinkle Friend of Mine, how I love to see you shine

Pretty ( or handsome) brown/green/blue eyes and a beautiful smile,

I could love you (like you) for a very long while.

Twinkle Twinkle friend of mine, how I love to see you shine!

*Kids feel so special when you personalize a song somehow for them!

I hope you are able to incorporate some of these songs into your daily routines with the children!

(And as a side note, although these are great for classrooms, they are also fun for parents and children to sing together at home, too!)IMG_0259.PNG


Katerie Breuer, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP

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