These original animated music videos celebrate all sorts of common experiences, such as moving to a new neighborhood, making an echo with a friend, eating with chopsticks or trying new things. The tunes are catchy and the lyrics are easy to understand: great fun for sing-alongs at the computer. Be sure to explore the rest of the site, including the musical games, animations and stories.
Hundreds of song lyrics, both traditional and original, are categorized by topic, such as Farm Animal Songs, Sports Songs and even Popcorn Songs. Some of the lyrics are sung to well-known melodies, such as Old MacDonald, Pop Goes the Weasel or the Hokey Pokey. Others are lyrical finger plays without specific melodies. The rest of the site is chock full of preschool themes, lesson plans, crafts, and alphabet activities.
Mrs. Jones is a Pennsylvania kindergarten teacher with an amazing website. Her sing-along page starts with a list of recommended music sites, followed by a really long list of song lyrics. My favorites are the alphabet songs, with lyrics for all the letters as well as vowel and consonant sounds (consonant digraphs, long and short vowels, and consonant blends.) "Do you know the zipper man, the zipper man, the zipper man? Do you know the zipper man? He loves to zip and zip."
Most of the original rhyming lyrics at Preschool Express were penned by site publisher and author Jean Warren. "In her retirement, Jean has decided to give something back to the world by developing a totally FREE website for parents, teachers and grandparents of young children." The rhymes are sorted by season, along with a section for Anytime Songs that include Dinosaur Songs, Color Rhymes, and Birthday Songs. Here's one about a ladybug, sung to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey. "Out on the branch / A ladybug crawled. / She wasn't big / She was quite small."
Use the menu in the left-hand column to find original songs about holidays, animals, numbers and letters. The Classic Preschool category has a few "old standards rewritten with a modern twist," such as My Big Truck sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. "Rev Rev Vroom Vroom / My big truck. / Up on a hill or down in the muck. / Your big truck wheels / Spin round and round / I see them race across the ground."