Do you kids love singing silly songs as much as mine do?
When we’re driving or walking, my kids often request to sing a favorite silly tune. I enjoy singing these songs as well! The words are fun, it’s a great way to laugh, and the kids are benefiting. Singing silly songs isn’t just for fun and games!
Here are seven benefits of singing these songs together:
1. Practice Listening Carefully
The words to these songs are a bit crazy! The first few times I sing them, the kids listen carefully. They often say things like, “What did you just say?” or, “Did you really say she swallowed a spider?”
Music encourages kids to listen. Listening attentively helps improve attention spans, an important lifelong skill!
2. Learn More About Language
As kids listen to and sing silly songs, they’ll learn more about our language. They’ll discover new ways to combine words, and learn new vocabulary.
You probably won’t ever talk about buzzard eggs and salamander thighs in a random conversation, but these words are in a song. This will expose your child to the concept that birds lay eggs and animals share similar body parts.
Silly songs typically use phrases and words that are uncommon, which is part of what makes them silly. So sing away and share more of our language with your kids!
3. Strengthen Rhyming Ability
Silly songs typically contain rhyming words. They’re the perfect alternative to boring worksheets if you have a child just learning to rhyme. They’re also fun for any children struggling to make rhymes.
4. Encourage Creativity
Singing silly songs gets your mind rolling. You can make up your own words to go with the tune, the sillier the better.
This is especially true for a song like Down by the Bay where singers become active participants by adding their own verses.
What can you come up with? Try to make silly verses for other songs. You’ll probably all be laughing before too long!
5. Improve Memory
Songs are much easier to memorize than spoken words. The brain identifies with the rhythm and tune. Also, songs are easy and fun to sing over and over. Repetition helps with memory.
Before you know it, your kids will be singing along. Even if you just started learning the song. I’ve been amazed at how quickly all my kids pick up on songs we memorize, even the youngsters!
6. Increase Family Bonding
Kids love spending time with their parents! Singing together builds family togetherness, and encourages a common activity.
You’ll also help your child improve social skills by singing together. They’ll learn about taking turns picking songs, finishing one thing before moving onto the next, and how to keep their voice level appropriate to the location and time. For instance, we might sing quieter in the car than we do outside.
Well, sometimes we try at least.
It’s hard to sing these songs while keeping a straight face, so laughter has to be on this list. Laughing is so beneficial, and something we don’t do nearly enough of.
What Silly Songs Are There?
Most of these songs are ones I learned back in elementary school. I loved singing them then, and it’s been fun teaching them to the kids.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Mama’s Soup Surprise (yes, it’s little gross…but it’s sure fun!)
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (great repetitive song to build language practice.)
- There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (A repetitive song that ends up right back where it starts)
- There’s a Hole in My Bucket (Another one that ends at the beginning!)
- The Other Day I Met a Bear (There’s also a version about a Bear in Tennis Shoes…)
- Down By the Bay (Really works on rhyming!)
- Baby Bumblebee (Ew! Who would even think to pick up a bee to take home???)
- Boom Boom, Aint’ It Great to Be Crazy? (Love it!)
- I’m Being Eaten By a Boa Constrictor (A great what if scenario to spark discussion afterwards!)
- Do Your Ears Hang Low? (There are actions to go with this one though this video doesn’t show them.)
- Flea Fly (it’s sort of a singing tongue twister with some fabulous nonsense words)
- On Top of Spaghetti (Lots of variations of this one)
- Going on a Lion Hunt (the sound effects make it fun)
- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (I might not have spelled that one right! But it’s so fun to sing each verse a bit quieter than you did before, and then all shout the chorus.)
What Silly Songs Do You Love?
Did you sing silly songs as a kid, or sing them with your kids today? I’d love to have you share your favorites in the comments!