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What are some songs you like to sing to your kids, or that you enjoyed as a kid?

Asked by ubersiren (15031 points ) May 6th, 2010

They don’t necessarily have to be kids’ songs, but kid appropriate. Pop songs, folk songs, classics, jingles, diddies, etc. Fun or sleepy, pretty or silly, even educational. I’ve just about worn out my repertoire lately. :)

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faye's avatar

we used to sing, ‘Let’s go Fly a Kite’ and others from that Mary Poppins movie. And the sunshine,lollipops, and rainbows song.

poofandmook's avatar

Mine and my grandmother’s song is “When You Think About Love” by Dolly Parton. My other grandmother always used to sing “The Bear Went Over The Mountain” to me.

My personal favorite is “My Cheeseburger” by the Veggie Tales but I’m sure most parents are already good with the VT lol

Trillian's avatar

I always sand Turn Around to my daughters. And In the Garden.

ucme's avatar

When my kids were really young I used to sing anything & everything to them within reason of course.Mainly songs from movies Disney or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Or i’d do impressions of the lion from The Wizard of Oz, “fi were kinggg of the forrresssst rrruff”.Happy days!

BoBo1946's avatar

@ubersiren 100 bottles of beer on the wall! Oh no, that was later..loll

“twinkle twinkle little star!”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

We sing many of the Music Together classes songs.

ubersiren's avatar

@faye I love Julie Andrews! I’ve been doing “Spoonful of Sugar” and almost everything from The Sound of Music the past few days. Love it. And congrats again on your 10k!

@Trillian I don’t think I know “In the Garden.” Who sings it, or does a good rendition?

Trillian's avatar

This was the best of a bad lot. Kind of a shame, because the song sounds best with an alto countering the melody.

Fly's avatar

We used to sing Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music and Under the Boardwalk all the time when I was younger.

MissAusten's avatar

My kids like some of the songs I learned when working in daycare, especially the songs that use the child’s name.

Alligator Farm is a popular one, as demonstrated here. I can’t believe I found a youtube video of it. Here are the words:

(Your child’s name) went down to the alligator farm,
sat on a fence but the fence fell down.
Alligator tickled him/her on the seat of the pants
And made (child’s name) do the hoochy coochy dance.
Dance, dance, dance for me (name),
Dance, dance, dance for me (name),
Dance, dance, dance for me (name),
Then we’ll shout hooray. Hooray!

We also like something we call “the box song.” You change the kind of box in the song to suit the child you’re singing it to. For example, one of my sons loves bugs, so when I sing the song for him, I say “bug box.” Words:

Oh I wish I had a little bug box
To put my (name) in.
I would take him/her out and
hug hug hug (or tickle, or kiss)
And put him/her back again!

They also love Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys. :)

escapedone7's avatar

I used to like that song about a Witchdoctor (oo eee oo ah ah)
I also used to love Octopus’s Garden (I’d like to be, under the sea…)

Storybooklover's avatar

I recently taught my daughter (age 4) to sing “Animal Crackers” from the movie CURLY TOP. It’s priceless. We sing alot of songs from movies like CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, PETE’S DRAGON etc.

tranquilsea's avatar

When my kids were small I used to sing them most of the Peter, Paul and Mary songs, many Bob Dylan songs (who wrote many of Peter, Paul and Mary’s songs). The Pretenders, Sarah Harmer, Indigo Girls. I also sang many older songs from the 40s and 50s. Actually most songs were fair game.

Favourites were: Puff the Magic Dragon, Lemon Tree, Too Much of Nothing, Cruel War, One Tin Soldier, Dogs and Thunder, Closer to Fine, I’ll Stand By You and others I can’t recall.

YARNLADY's avatar

Lately, the only one I’ve been using is from the Bedtime TV show on Sprout, la, la, lullaby

When they get older, most of the songs already mentioned will be added in.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea…....!

poofandmook's avatar

and frolicked in the autumn mist…

ubersiren's avatar

Yes, I love Puff the Magic dragon. It’s one of the sweetest melodies.

poofandmook's avatar

I’m sorry, but the scene in Meet The Parents between Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller talking about Puff the Magic Dragon is the best thing about that song. Never gets old.

deni's avatar

everything Raffi ever did pretty much. hes so awesome. my favorite is Banana Phone, but Baby Beluga is bomb diggity as well. Puff the Magic Dragon made me cry so I steered clear of it.

poofandmook's avatar

How could I forget Let’s Sing and Play with Bob Schneider?? It was a book and tape that I played to death when I was little. “Gotta hat hat, a hat hat gotta hat hat, a hat hat!”

[runs to ebay]

RedPowerLady's avatar

Black Socks:

Black socks, they never get dirty. The longer you wear them the stronger they get. Sometimes I think I should wash them. But something keeps telling me don’t wash them yet. Not yet. Not yet.

The lyrics in this link are a bit different from what I sing but here you go:
Black Socks

deni's avatar

baa baa black sheep have you any wool? yes sir yes sir three bags full!

RedPowerLady's avatar

Oh and of course this one (sorry I forgot until I already posted the other).

Great Green Gobs

Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Chopped-up dirty birdies` feet;
Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
And me without a spoon

Here is a video. Again the lyrics are a bit different but here you go:
Great Green Gobs

RedPowerLady's avatar

If you want more you can google or you tube campfire songs.

CrazyRedHead's avatar

Anything from disney movies. My best friend and I particularly loved dancing in our “princess outfits”( her mothers lingerie haha) to the Lion King soundtrack. And I loved the “I’m in the Lord’s Army” bible song when I was kid, its probably from being a Navy Brat lol

Finley's avatar

“Whistle while you work
Hitler was a jerk
Mussolini pulled his weenie
now it doesn’t work”

CrazyRedHead's avatar

I always sing you are my sunshine and amazing grace to my little cousins

wilma's avatar

“I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”, and lots of the Peter Paul and Mary Songs.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Peter, Paul, and Mary, Raffi, Wee Kids Singalong. My favorite was about a sailor called Barnacle Bill and a “lady of the night”.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
Big Rock Candy Mountain
She Loves Me Like a Rock

deni's avatar

THE BUZZIN OF THE BEES AND THE CIGARRETTE TREES, THE SODAAA WATER FOUNTAINS!!! I LOVE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN! especially the burl ives version.

iphigeneia's avatar

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be?
Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?
And here’s what she said to me:
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera

I remember it was funny because my dad sang it to me in his Doris Day voice.

CrazyRedHead's avatar

@iphigeneia My mom used to sing this with me but in stead of “will I be rich?” she sang “will I be smart?” haha I didn’t even know that those weren’t the real words until a couple years ago! When I asked her about it she said she wanted to keep my priorities straight haha

deni's avatar

aww i love que sera sera! such a cute song.

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