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It’s no shock that toddlers and preschoolers are busy, busy kiddos. They are constantly moving, exploring, and learning through hands-on play. Movement songs are a fun way to get the wiggles out. Check out this list of ten movement songs for preschoolers here.

Movement songs are an excellent way to work on specific gross motor skills such as bilateral coordination, crossing midline plus getting bonus proprioceptive and vestibular input.

Here are some fun movement songs for toddlers and preschoolers with some movement suggestions to go along with each song.

All of these songs can be found on YouTube so you can see exactly how each song and movement should go. 

Your preschoolers are going to love these fun action songs with tunes they probably already know.

10 Movement Songs for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If You’re Happy And You Know It – Movements include clapping hands, stomping feet, shouting, and then doing all 3 in a row.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes – Movements include using both hands to touch your head, shoulders knees toes, eyes, mouth, ears, and nose. A great activity for body awareness too.

Shake Your Sillies Out (The Wiggles) – Movements include shaking, nodding, clapping, jumping, and then stretching your bodies out as a rest.

The Hokey Pokey – Movements include using both sides of the body and discriminating between the left and right sides of the body.

Silly Dance Contest (Jim Gill) – We love this one because it works with lots of fun bilateral coordination moves and also works on terms like fast and slow.

The Goldfish (Let’s Go Swimming) (Laurie Berkner) – Following the motions to a fun and silly song about goldfish doing things underwater.

Run Baby Run (Caspar Babypants) – Running in place, jumping, spinning, and many other fun movements with this song!

The Dinosaur Stomp (Mother Goose Playhouse Kids Song) – Stomping, chomping, crunching, munching, and even roaring like a dinosaur. A very fun song!

Rolly Polly (Mother Goose Playhouse Kids Song) – This one is an excellent song for learning about words such as up, down, in, out, left, right, and more!

Let’s Get Movin’ (Lauren Meyer) – Shaking to the side, hoping, turning around, touching the ground, and moving to the beat of the music.

I hope you enjoy these fun songs with your preschoolers.

My friend Angela has written an amazing song transitions book. It’s a great way to help kids transition from one task to another. Grab your copy of Songs & Rhymes for Transitions to use in your preschool classroom or therapy sessions.

Do you have a favorite movement song that I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

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