Singing With Your Children

Originally posted on Happy Hedgehog Post

IMG_6041.JPGSinging with Your Children by Amber Hellewell

Music was not always something that was easy for me to bring to my children. As a child and teenager I was terrified of singing in front of others. Even as a new mom, I would feel nervous singing out loud for my new born baby. Thankfully, through many years of practice, that fear is gone and singing (not always on key, mind you!) has become as natural as breathing to me. Through all the meals, diaper changes, nature walks, clean up times and rest times, music provided the signal for the next transition, it helped to calm and soothe and it would start a series of expected actions. Music would help me to tune in with my children’s needs better than any nagging could do (and by the way, I do that sometimes too!).  As our children grew, from a toddler and preschooler to now an almost third grader and kindergartener, the frame work for our days and weeks has stayed nearly the same, but some of those beloved songs began to fade away as they seemed to not be needed any more.

But oh were they needed! Thankfully, baby number three, our sweet and sassy girl is now almost two and she reminds me every day why music still matters. How music can provide calm and support to common parenting dilemmas. How music can be an entertainer and storyteller. How music can support us in our home rhythm. Today I want to share with you some of the songs that we use nearly every day in our home.


Nothing is more soothing that a morning blessing song, written just for your child. It sends them the message that they are special and loved. If the thought of this intimidates you, use the music of a favorite song and simply change the words.

For example, this is Noah’s Morning Blessing:

Good Morning, dear Noah

It’s your time to show-A

The world, what a wonderful boy you can be

You’re causing some motion

From ocean to ocean

So wake up and show, what a good boy you can be! 

Other lovely songs for morning time are: You are My Sunshine, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’

Getting Ready for Outdoor Play

One of the biggest challenges of our Winter days are getting the children dressed in their Winter gear before going out on an adventure. This song has become a lifesaver and signals- “It’s time to get on coats, hats and gloves” but without the yelling and nagging 😉

The Mitten Song 

Thumbs in the thumb place,    (hold up thumbs and wiggle them)

 Fingers all together. (place fingers together)

This is the song we sing in mitten weather.      (clap hands together on the bold words)

When it’s cold, it doesn’t matter whether, (pretend to shiver)

Mittens are wool or made of finest leather. (show off one hand, then the other)

This is the song we sing in mitten weather.    (clap hands together on the bold words)

Thumb in the thumb place, (hold up thumbs and wiggle them)

fingers all together! (place fingers together)

I sing it through once and then sing or hum it again as I help the children get out the door.

Playtime or Circletime 

I always love to have a few seasonal songs in my mind to bring to the children during playtime, as a formal circle or while we are out on a nature walk. This song is lovely to quietly sing outside or in the background while the children play. It is also a miracle worker when it comes to reigning in play that has become too rowdy or wild.

My favorite version of this song is by Lorraine Nelson Wolf- you can purchase her music and hear a sample of this song here.

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow  (Pretend to be a flurry of snow)

And what will the robin do then, poor thing?  (Be a robin circling around)

He’ll sit in the barn to keep himself warm and hide his head under his wing

(Sit down on the ground and cover your head with your “wing”)

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow (Pretend to be a flurry of snow)

And what will the swallow do then, poor thing?  (Be a swallow in the sky)

Oh, do you not know that he’s gone long ago  (Point your finger in an arc towards the distance)

To a country much warmer than ours!  (Pretend to be too be warm and cozy)

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow  (Pretend to be a flurry of snow)

And what will the dormouse do then, poor thing?   (Crawl on the floor like a mouse)

He’ll roll up in a ball in his nest oh so small  (Roll up in a ball)

He’ll sleep till it’s springtime again

(Pretend to sleep, when the children are all lying down, I do a quieting gesture and carefully place some playsilks or scarves over them. When they are ready to get up I let them, but it significantly changes the mood in the room. )

In addition to these, countless other seasonal songs, meal blessings and even some of my favorite oldies tunes are part of our home life. If this is new for you, the best thing to do is to simply learn one new song a month that you can bring to your children. Before you know it, you will have a collection of well-loved seasonal songs to draw from any time you need them!

What songs do you use in your home every day? What are your biggest obstacles in singing with your children?

Wishing you magical and musical winter days,


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