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Christmas Songs and Music for Kids Invite Play

Christmas songs and music for kids are full of fun and action, much like children themselves. The music and the words inspire many different ways to play, like singing, dancing, and making music.

Christmas songs music for kids

As adults, we groan when stores begin playing Christmas music because we have heard the popular songs over and over gazillions of times but that’s not the same for kids. They may remember from the year before but not only are these songs fun to hear, but fun to sing too. Even wee little ones love the Hey in Jingle Bells and add it whenever there is a pause. The songs Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have inspired whole movies and television shows.

Besides these three favorites, we can use other children’s songs with different words for Christmas. To the tune of Hokey-Pokey, kids can put in their hands and sing:

You put your front hooves in, you put your front hooves out.
You put your front hooves in and shake off all the snow.
You do the Reindeer-Pokey and you dash all around.
That’s what it’s all about.

To put in back hooves, that is feet, would be tricky to do at the same time, so put in the left hoof (foot) and the right one separately. Use antlers, tails, and noses too. For noses (red noses optional):

You put your red-nose in, you put your red-nose out
You put your red-nose in and you blink it on and off.
You do the Reindeer-Pokey and you dash all around.
That’s what it’s all about.

red nose faces

Christmas music doesn’t need words. Put on some of your favorite music and let kids dance around. Kids will make up their own moves to the rhythm. We can dance with them and enjoy the brief time together. Frosty the Snowman uses dancing right in the words. Are there some other Christmas songs and music for kids you can suggest?

Bells and drums are strongly connected to Christmas. Kids, from little ones to big ones, can make drums with anything. Bells come in a variety of sizes from small ones that jingle softly to much larger ones that drive parents crazy. Metal pans and a wooden spoon make a noise, er sound, that is like a drum and a bell. Play a few songs and let kids tap or ring along.Christmas music and songs for kids

Christmas songs and music are more than notes and words. They come combined with memories. Voices echo to us despite the years. Do not let worry about your voice not being good enough stop you from singing with your kids and family. Are any of the voices you hear in your memory ones you would love to hear again no matter how flat or off-key? When we listen to someone we love singing, we listen with our hearts not just our ears.

Christmas songs and music for kids inspire a variety of play and when it’s time to say goodnight, do they also encourage sleep?

Kids Dragon Songs with “Old MacDonald Had a Dragon” Children’s Book

There are not a lot of kids dragon songs but this children’s dragon book turned an old favorite about farm animals into a very funny, silly one to sing.

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Old MacDonald Had a Dragon is written by Ken Baker and illustrated by Christopher Santoro. In the story, the farmer likes having a dragon on the farm but one-by-one the animals on the farm object. As the farmer keeps singing, one-by-one the dragon swallows them up. When the dragon eats the dog, the farmer objects. By this time, kids can predict what happens to the farmer. Inside the dragon’s tummy, the farmer rejoins the other animals. The farmer keeps singing but now it goes, “Old MacDonald had a dragon, E I E I O. And IN that dragon he had a cow, pig, sheep, and dog.” The dragon burps everyone out and flies away with a terrible tummy ache.

Instead of being on the farm, kids can sing about what animals are IN the dragon. You can also add the names of the people in the family. At the end of the song, remember to BURP so there’s a happy ending. Kids can add the words “Excuse me,” and fly away.

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Another song is Fly, Dragon Fly. This isn’t about dragon flies but actions dragons can do. The first verse came from but the rest we made up to have more singing fun.

Fly Dragon Fly
(tune Skip To My Lou)

Fly, fly, dragon fly,
Fly, fly, dragon fly,
Fly, fly, dragon fly,
Way up in the sky.

Add more actions and make up some new rhymes..

Jump, jump, dragon jump…
Land without a bump.

Hop, hop, dragon hop…
Hop until you stop.

Roll, roll, dragon roll…
Stand up like a pole.

Swim, swim, dragon swim…
See you at the gym.

Finish with a fiery roar and a rest.

Roar, roar, dragon roar…
That’s enough, no more.

Sit, sit, dragon sit…
You can rest a bit.

Sleep, sleep, dragon sleep.
Sleep, sleep, dragon sleep.
Sleep, sleep, dragon sleep.
Sh, sh, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Of course, Puff the Magic Dragon is another song but that one has lots of words. Do you know any more kids dragon songs?

Kids Halloween Action Songs and Games

Even if October is a long month, there are only a limited number of days so we’d better start with these kids Halloween action songs. A zillion times may not be enough.

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After reading about a Halloween bus, here are some verses to go with the tune The Wheels on the Bus. Use typical Halloween characters and name some costumes kids might wear.

The witches on the bus go cackle, cackle, cackle,
Cackle, cackle, cackle,
Cackle, cackle, cackle.
The witches on the bus go cackle, cackle, cackle,
On the Halloween Bus.

The ghosts on the bus go boo, boo, boo….
On the Halloween bus.

The cats on the bus go meow, meow, meow…
On the Halloween bus.

The pirates on the bus go Arr, Arr, Arr…..
On the Halloween bus.

The vampires on the bus go Aah, aah, aah…
On the Halloween bus.

The skeletons on the bus go rattle, rattle, rattle…
On the Halloween bus.

The kids on the bus go Trick or Treat…
On the Halloween bus.

Move like these characters. Add zombies, monsters, mummies, super heroes, and anything else. If you need a quiet verse at the end, be pumpkins on the bus and make a really wide and silent grin.

Another kids Halloween action song isn’t exactly a song, but it uses one and makes a fun game. Use the tune Where is Thumbkin (Frere Jacques) and sing Where is Pumpkin? Either inside the house or outside in a specific area, kids can play hide and seek. Of course, the one looking is the one singing and the one hiding is oh so quiet and still. When found, kids get to shout Boo!

Where is pumpkin? Where is pumpkin?
Are you in here? Are you in here?
I’ll keep looking, till I find you.
Where are you? Where are you?

When adults are the ones looking, we can be surprised and scared when we find them.

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At Halloween, monsters get to do the mash. Put on any fast and loud music and let kids dance doing whatever action they think monsters might do. This video is from the Monster Mash song written in 1962. Do you know any other kids Halloween action songs and games?

Fun Bus Activities: The Wheels on the Bus Fun and Learning

The Wheels on the Bus fun and learning is today’s bus activity. Singing is the only activity that engages all parts of the brain. A song with action words is great for both mind and body. This one was written by Verna Hills in the UK and it’s been around for almost 80 years. The … Continue reading Fun Bus Activities: The Wheels on the Bus Fun and Learning

Space Activities #7: Children’s Space Songs

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to…sing some children’s space songs and do the actions too. This is a great way to have fun while learning. Ready? Blast off! Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon is a well-known space song for kids. There are a few variations and most of the time, the countdown … Continue reading Space Activities #7: Children’s Space Songs