Bonding songs are essential to my early childhood classes, because they foster parent-child interaction and help us wind down toward the end of the session. I wrote “I Love Your Toes” specifically for my baby (0-18 month) class, though I have most definitely used it with kiddos who are a little older.
Not only does this song encourage directed touch, but it also serves as an introduction to body part identification. I know that when my children were young toddlers, they absolutely loved pointing out their eyes, ears, mouth, nose, fingers, knees, and toes. The song starts with the basics, but of course could be adapted to include other body parts as well.
It’s never too early to start singing songs like these with your children. I’ve been using it frequently over the past several weeks, and wanted to record a quick video to share with you.
This song is the perfect way to wrap up a session or class, especially if the children are a little wound up and full of excitement after playing, singing, and dancing. I love watching them relax almost immediately as the song begins and their grown-ups snuggle them close.
If you want to download the song (including mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for yourself, you can do so right here. Are there any other songs you use to facilitate bonding between children and caregivers during your own groups, classes or sessions?