ESL Kids Songs & Music Tips
Great kids songs to download. Here at ESL KidStuff we have great songs specially made by us for teaching English to children. Click here for the songs. Each song is based on a theme that can be easily taught in your classroom. We have covered (and often enhanced) old classics like the ABC Song, The Rainbow Song and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, as well as created brand new songs to cover topics such as numbers, weather and a "Can you...?" song. Each song comes with a song poster, word sheet and songs notes - the song notes in particular are very useful as they give ideas for gestures and activities to do during the song as well as giving lesson plans to use with each song. All songs are free to download for our members.
10 Little Elephants. From our "Animal" flashcards section, print out the black & white elephant ten times. Have you students color each elephant a different color. Everytime time you play this song in class, first elicit each color of the elephant flashcards and put them on the board or floor in a line. Then use them during the song to count the elephants (point at each elephant as the song counts). There is also a song sheet to accompany the song: 10 Little Elephants Song Sheet.
Christmas Carols for ESL Young Learners. This page has some great ideas for adpating Christmas carols to an ESL young learners class: Christmas Carols adapted for children learning English. It includes new (ESL kids friendly) versions of We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night and Jingle Bells.
Head, Shoulders Song. We all know this one, "Head, shoulders, knees & toes" with all the actions. After running through the song once, have some speed rounds where everyone sings and does the actions as quickly as possible. Then try it backwards ("Toes, knees, shoulders & head, shoulders & head...")! Great fun! (Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Song Sheet). Here is a great YouTube version.
Online ESL Songs. This link at The EFL Playhouse takes you to 30 popular kids songs for use in the ESL classroom. Many have sound so you can here the song melody and others have teaching suggestions. Songs include: "The Alphabet Song", "The Colors of our Clothes", "Do You Know the Opposites?", "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes", "If You're Happy / Sad and You Know It", "Listen to the Teacher", "Pretty Colors", "Round the Clock", "There is Thunder", "What's the Weather" and "Where's My Desk?"
Songs for very young. If your are teaching classes of very young kids (from 2-6 years) and need a good general song tape then try "Max & Millie's Song Cassette" (Longman, ISBN 0582082277). You should be able to get it or order it at any good educational bookstore. It is beautifully recorded and contains 15 songs, including the classics: The Hello Song; The Goodbye Song; Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes; Old MacDonald; The Rainbow Song; 10 Little Elephants; The ABC Song; The Wheels of a Bus; and so on.