4 Songs We Are Singing in May

My problem isn’t always knowing of actual songs to sing, but being intentional about switching them up and learning new ones. Here are four songs we are singing in May that you may or may not know. Regardless, I hope a quick glance will give you an idea in those somewhat long hours of what to sing with your kids.

Popcorn Popping

This is a favorite springtime song about the beautiful blossoms on trees. It even has actions that correspond. I haven’t met a group of toddlers or older that haven’t enjoyed this song.

I looked out the window and what did I see?              (pretend to look out)
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.               (ball up your fist then open multiple times with rhythm of song: popcorn hand action)
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.      (popcorn hand action)
I could take an armful and make a treat,       (make a big circle with arms)
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.      (make small circle with hands and smell pretend ball)
It wasn’t really so,        (waggle finger back and forth)
But it seemed to me,     (point to yourself)
Popcorn Popping on the apricot tree.       
(popcorn hand action)

Words and Music by: Georgia W. Bello. arr. by Betty Lou Conney

The Baby in the Cradle

This song doesn’t actually have a tune, but is a little chant with corresponding actions. My 18 month old loves this.

The baby in the cradle goes rock rock rock       (pretend to rock a baby)
The clock on the wall goes tick tick tock       (move index finger back and forth)
The rain on the window goes tap tap tap        (tap your finger on your palm)
But here comes the sun so we clap clap clap       (clap your hands)

Dance Your Fingers

Tune: “Here We Go Looby Loo”

I learned this fun little song at our library story time. The actions are fairly self explanatory, just wiggle and dance your fingers where the song leads. This song could even be used as a transition song to get wiggles out before a story or a quieter activity.

Dance your finger up
Dance your fingers down
Dance them in a circle
Put them on the ground.

Dance them on your tummy
Dance them in the back
Dance them in the air
Put them in your lap.

 In the Leafy Treetops

This is an absolute favorite of ours. Probably because of the fun visuals I use. Next week’s FREEBIE! Definitely learn this song and your kids will be excited to add the visuals next week.

In the leafy treetops the birds sing “good morning”
They’re first to see the sun
They must tell everyone
In the leafy treetops the birds sing “good morning”

In my pretty garden, the flowers are nodding.
“How do you do?” they say
“How do you do today?”
In my pretty garden, the flowers are nodding.

If you would like more songs to sing don’t forget to check out my favorite 5 fingerplays!

Happy Spring Singing!

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