As a Christian, I believe prayer is valuable and makes a big difference.

In the Bible, God tells us to pray. I have read many stories of times in the Bible and throughout history when God answered someone’s prayer clearly and powerfully. I have seen answered prayer in my own life as well.

However, I’m not here to give you a theology lesson. Rather, I want to share a song with you.

I took the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Philippi (Philippians 1:9-11), and adapted it as a simple song that is my prayer for my little one.

Prayer For My Child

Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain

Song Writer: S. J. Little

 

 

May you grow to love the Lord with all your heart.

May you grow to love the Lord with all your heart.

May you grow to love the Lord,

May you grow to love the Lord,

May you grow to love the Lord with all your heart.

 

May you know and discern what’s best.

May you know and discern what’s best.

May you know and discern,

May you know and discern,

May you know and discern what’s best.

 

May you be pure and blameless in that day.

May you be pure and blameless in that day.

May you be pure and blameless,

May you be pure and blameless,

May you be pure and blameless in that day.

 

May your life be filled with fruit of righteousness.

May your life be filled with fruit of righteousness.

May your life be filled with fruit,

May your life be filled with fruit,

May your life be filled with fruit of righteousness.

 

May your life be for the glory of the Lord.

May your life be for the glory of the Lord.

May your life be for the glory,

May your life be for the glory,

May your life be for the glory of the Lord.

 

 

Will you join me by praying this for your child(ren)?

 

Are you feeling bored or stuck when it comes to your Christian kid’s music playlist? Then read on to discover three of my favorite Bible-based children’s albums you’ve probably never heard of. I’ve also included a list of honorable mentions you may like.

 

Creature Teachers – Amy Essen

If you are looking for high-quality, variety, and Bible-based kid’s music, this is definitely an album you will want to check out.

This album was released in May 2023. This highly professional album contains 14 songs each based on a different animal mentioned in the Bible. Some of the songs are closely tied to one Bible verse while others share multiple Bible stories or emphasize practical Christian principles.

I’ve been privileged to learn some of the behind the scenes stories and processes that went into this incredible album because I know Amy personally.

Each song is in a different genre including classical, celtic, folk, rap, or boogaloo jazz. In the midst of trumpets, percussion, choir, and so much more, the album carries a vibrant fun tone.

My little one and I have thoroughly been enjoying listening to these songs. I’m sure you will too.

 

Website:

https://amyessen.com/ 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1I0CAjuTWX05yKehXE1zz7

YouTube:

https://youtube.com/@amyessenmusic 

Proverbs – NIV Kids Club – Stan Blair

Do you prefer word-for-word Scripture songs for your children? Then I highly recommend the NIV Kids Club Albums by Stan Blair.

Each song is catchy and simple enough to easily sing along. The songs are in a variety of genres. Some of the songs include fun explanations about the meaning of the verse. All of the songs sing a verse (or two) in the New International Version Bible translation.

I love these songs so much that I purchased all four albums before I had my own kids. They make Bible memorization effortless. When I get one of them stuck in my head (because they are very catchy), I appreciate knowing that they are words from the Bible.

 

Website:

https://nivkidsclub.com/ 

YouTube:

https://youtube.com/@NIVKidsClub 

Zone Praise – Awana

Looking for something a little more upbeat? Then this might just be the album for you. I greatly appreciate the meaningful words in these well made songs. I enjoy singing with them even if my little one isn’t around.

Have you heard of the Awana kid’s clubs? They’re a fantastic Christian kid’s group that encourage Bible memorization and well rounded child development.

Did you know they have CDs? Neither did I until a few years ago. When checking out their music, note that the level of quality, style, and target age varies greatly between albums. Some are simple albums aimed to help young children memorize Bible verses. Others, like this one, are high quality Christian kids music.

 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/1LYVmucFsBb4zJiGWuNSmS

Website:

https://www.awana.org/

Honorable Mentions (to give you even more variety)

Steve Green Kids – Gentle high quality word-for-word Scripture songs for kids

Seeds Family Worship – Word-for-word Scripture memory songs 

Go Fish – Full of energy and Biblical truths 

Yancy – Original worship songs for kids

Getty Kids – Hymns chosen for kids 

 

What’s your favorite album of Bible-based kid’s music?

 

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to preschool songs? Are your children getting bored at circle time when you sing the same song again? Then this is the post for you.

This big list of simple preschool songs includes a wide variety of songs. Some of them you may have sung as a child, while others are original songs by S. J. Little. Some of the preschool songs have links to help you out. The more common songs do not have links, but can easily be researched through a quick Google search or on Youtube.

Know a common preschool song I’m missing? Feel free to add it to the comments section.

Preschool songs are incredibly helpful during transition times and to keep children engaged at circle time. I recommend learning a few of these songs so well that you can sing them anywhere.

 

Classic Preschool Songs, Plus:

A is for Alligator

ABCs

Apples and Bananas

Baa Baa Black Sheep

BINGO

Elephants Have Wrinkles

Farmer in the Dell

Finger Family (Tommy Thumb)

Grandma’s Glasses

Great Big Heart

Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes

I’m a Little Teapot

If You Want to be An… Animal Song

If You’re Happy and You Know It

It’s Cold Outside Today

Jonny Hammered with One Hammer

Little Green Frog

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Old McDonald

Open and Shut Them

Ring Around The Rosie

Rolly Polly

Row Row Row Your Boat

Shake My Sillies Out

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Ten in the Bed

The Ants Go Marching

The Hokey Pokey

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Wheels on The Bus

Tony Chestnut

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Two Little Dickie Birds

Walking Walking

5 Green and Speckled Frogs

5 Little Ducks Went Out One Day

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree

 

This is my favourite Valentine’s day song for children aged 1-3. Not only is it about hearts, it also has engaging actions and is excellent for teaching basic concepts such as small, medium, large, and colours.

While this song can be sung with 4 year olds, they are more quick to become bored with the repetitive nature of this song. 1 year olds, 2 year olds, and 3 year olds, on the other hand, thrive on repetition enabling them to sing along.

I recommend only singing 3-5 verses in each sitting. Otherwise, the song can get long.  

For the full educational benefit, this song requires visuals. I have a free printout for you with big, medium, and small hearts. In the past, I have also used foam heart stickers that are shiny or sparkly. I recommend having two of each type of heart – one for each hand.

I have been singing this song for so long with my class that I’ve lost track of who wrote it. I think I may have come up with the idea, but I can’t recall for sure, so I will list it as an unknown author.

 

Great Big Heart

Author: Unknown

Tune: Tommy Thumb

 

Great big heart, great big heart,

Where are you?

Here I am, here I am.

How do you do?

 

Tiny heart, tiny heart,

Where are you?

Here I am, here I am.

How do you do?

 

Other Verses:

Medium heart

Pink heart

Purple heart

Red heart

White heart

Shiny heart

Sparkly heart

 

Actions:

  • Prep visuals ahead of time. You will want two matching hearts for each type of heart you want to sing about.
  • Hold one heart in each hand. Hide your hands behind your back.
  • Great big heart, great big heart, where are you? – Gently sway to the tune
  • Here I am – Bring one heart in front of you
  • Here I am – Bring the other heart in front of you
  • How do you do? – Move both hearts as though greeting each other

 

Want a free visual to enhance the educational element of this song? Here’s one for you. Download it for free.

Great Big Heart Song Visual

 

Handwashing is a skill young children do not automatically know. They must be taught.

How can you teach your preschooler to wash their hands?

  • Show them how to wash their hands by being a good model.
  • Explain to them why we wash our hands. (To remove dirt and germs.)
  • Gently remind them how to wash their hands. (You’ll have to do this many times!)
  • Teach them this song so they can sing while washing their hands.

The song below is designed to remind children to wash all areas of their hands, not just the front. The length it takes to sing the song at a regular pace is longer than the recommended 20 second minimum for handwashing.

*Note that the following song is an original song by S. J. Little. Please be sure to reference her when sharing the song in writing.

Handwashing Song

Words by: S. J. Little

Tune: Open and Shut Them

 

 

Front and back and

Front and back and

In between your fingers.

Finger tips, and thumbs, and nails.

Now do it once again.

 

Front and back and

Front and back and

In between your fingers.

Finger tips, and thumbs, and nails.

Now rinse the bubbles off.

What is your favourite way to teach your preschooler how to wash their hands?