Silly songs. Do you kids love them as much as mine do?
We have a list of several songs in this category, and they’re often requested as we’re driving along singing.
I enjoy singing these songs as well, and love knowing that there’s real educational benefits to them. They seem like they’re just for fun, but they’re really not. Ha!
Here are seven benefits of singing silly songs together:
1. Practice Listening Carefully
These songs are silly! The first few times I sing them, the kids really 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 and is an important lifelong skill!
2. Learn More About How Language Works
As kids listen to and sing silly songs, they’ll be learning new ways to combine words. They’ll learn more about how the English language works.
You probably won’t ever talk about buzzard eggs and salamander thighs just as 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 are full of rhyming words. If you have a child who is struggling to understand rhyming words, make sure you’re singing silly songs regularly.
After all, exposure is a great way to become more comfortable and confident with a skill.
4. Encourage Creativity
When you’re singing silly songs, your mind gets rolling. You think of things you might not otherwise. You try to make up your own words to go along with the tune.
This is especially true for songs like Down by the Bay where singers are encouraged to become active participants and add their own verses.
What can you come up with? Try to make additional verses to other silly songs. You’ll probably all be laughing by the time you’re done!
5. Improve Memory
Songs are way easier to memorize than speech. The brain identifies with the rhythm and tune, and the songs are easy and fun to sing over and over. Before you know it, your kids will be singing along. Even young kids can memorize the words.
Memorizing songs is a fabulous way to improve memory skills.
6. Strengthen Family Bond
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.
This might be the biggest benefit to singing silly songs! It’s hard to sing very many while keeping a straight face.
Laughing is so beneficial for parents and kids alike.
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 Remember?
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!