One of our favourite things to do, at pretty much any time of the day, is dance in the kitchen. A is a total fiend for dancing and singing. It’s less about coordination and more about the wiggle and stomping of feet but it’s fun and we laugh non stop as the music takes us through a wave of guilty pleasure. We have a go to list of toddler songs that we all love dancing too.
On a warm day we can throw the french doors open and let the music travel on the air out into the countryside. She’s a fan of just about every musical with Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and of course Frozen being her favourite. At two and a half she already remembers more words to the songs than I do and has either copied or made up her own dance routines. We have 63 videos of her singing Let It Go (who doesn’t) oh and about 12 of her singing I Was Drunk Last Night Dear Mother from Meet Me in St Louis… which I find ridiculously hilarious. I’m sure I won’t be laughing if or when this song turns into a reality – oh shiver, the thought. She’s an old soul really with her choice of vintage movies and most certainly has a soft spot for Dick Van Dyke 🙂
We’re now passed the baby and young toddler songs and nursery rhymes stage. We had a fantastic CD which my brother brought home from Australia full of fun toddler songs which kept us all entertained (but admittedly had Momma and Papa Bear’s heads’ wrecked – there’s only so many times you can sing the Wheels on the Bus before running out of things the bus and it’s passengers can do!) So I decided to put together a Let’s Dance mix for A. Personally, I love it and it’s the best Mix Tape I’ve ever made!
I’ve learnt a lot from A but one of the best things I’ve learnt is, when she asks for some music on, we do it, no questions. For two reasons.
Firstly – she loves music. To say no will just piss off an already tired and agitated toddler. And we certainly don’t want that.
And Secondly – dancing makes you happy. A has more energy than B and I, but after a quick bout of dancing and a lot of giggles, we’re always in a better mood. You could say dancing Shakes the Wiggles Out – a toddler song that still gets stuck in my head 🙂
For inspiration check out our list of toddler songs which are also adult friendly:
Cafeteria Song – My Little Pony Equestria Girl
Magic Dance – David Bowie / Labyrinth
Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor / The Peanuts Movie
Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
All is Love – Karen O
Awesome as I Wanna Be – My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Linus and Lucy – Peanuts
Roar – Katy Perry
The Locomotion – Kylie Minogue
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Shake Your Tail – My Little Pony Equestria Girl
Happy – Pharrel Williams
Let it Go – Frozen
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Strange Things – Randy Newman / Toy Story
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo – Cinderella
Zachs Song – School of Rock
Royals – Lorde
I Like to Move it Move it – Will.i.am
King Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
Brave – Sara Bareilles
You’ve got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman / Toy Story
Love is an Open Door – Frozen
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