American Children’s Songs – American Culture for Kids

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Americans have many fun songs for children. Some of the songs have dances, others have nonsense words, or maybe they are just fun to sing.

One of the most famous songs is Happy Birthday. Americans of all ages sing this for birthdays. Often, they serve cake and light candles. When the song is over, the birthday boy or girl blows out the candles and makes a wish. The words are:

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear [the person’s name]

Happy Birthday to you

One song that is a dance is Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. When you sing this song, you touch your head, shoulders, knees, toes, and parts of your face that the song says. It is fun to do it faster and faster until you can’t do it any faster!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

One song that is fun to sing is I’m a Little Teapot. When you sing this song, you pretend to be a teapot getting hot! You can use one arm to be the handle and one arm to be the spout.

I’m a little teapot, short and stout

Here is my handle and here is my spout

When I get all steamed up hear my shout

Tip me over and pour me out!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider has a dance just for your fingers. You show the spider climbing, the rain falling, the sun shining, and the spider climbing again with your fingers. Itsy bitsy means very small.

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

One song that is fun to sing is If you’re happy and you know it? It is a song about the different ways you can show you are happy—clapping your hands, stamping your feet, nodding your head, and other ways.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet…

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head…

 

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