Transitions can be hard for young children. From waking up and starting morning routines, to getting out of the bath and ready for bed, life is full of transitions. Here are 5 songs you can use today to make these transitions easier for your kids, and in turn, easier for you.
Good Morning Song
Do your kids take a while to wake up? I’ve found that even if I’m in a rush, taking the time to sing a short good morning song lets them transition into the day more smoothly, and we overall save time in the morning because they are more compliant. I usually sing a song my mother used to sing to me, a version of “Good Morning” from Babes in Arms and Singin’ in the Rain.
Clean Up song
Singing a song when you clean up dishes, toys, or crafts helps trigger your child to pitch in and help. I love this one from Barney.
Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush
I like to change the words of this one to fit whatever activity my child needs to complete. For example:
This is the way we put on shoes, put on shoes, put on shoes.
This is the way we put on shoes, and then go off to school.
Playtime is over
We love Daniel Tiger in our house! There was a whole episode about how hard it is to stop playing. There is a recurring theme song in this episode that is awesome. Skip ahead to 4 minutes 50 seconds to hear it.
Drying off after Bath time
My oldest hated to get out of the bath tub when she was little! She still hates it when I dry her off, so we sing songs and I bounce her around to the beat of the music as I dry her off. I demonstrate with “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” below.
How do you use music during transitions with your kids? Try the songs listed here and let me know how it went in the comments!