Best Videos and Songs for Three-Year-Olds

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Aside from being a lot of fun, music can provide a world of benefits for kids in developmental terms. It boosts their cognitive and emotional development and enhances their gross motor skills through dance and engaging musical toys. Thankfully, nowadays, music is more accessible than ever, with streaming services and websites like YouTube and Vimeo, and it’s never been easier to play your favorite music wherever you are. 

On the other hand, it’s never been harder to choose what you’d like to listen to, due to the fantastic variety of music available.

Sesame Street All-Time Favorites

Get your three-year-old boy dancing with this excellent Sesame Street album, which is a collection of all the best songs from the show’s long and illustrious history. It is an excellent way to introduce lyrics and beats to your little one without putting on the entire show. 

If you grew up watching Sesame Street, and chances are you have, this will be a nostalgic experience which will let you connect with your child on a deeper level, while remaining fun for them as well. Legendary tunes like “Happy Tappin’ with Elmo” and “Lambaba” are fun to dance to, while “Little Things” and “Sing” will remind your child and you that there are many things which we should be grateful about. Other songs like “C is for Cookie,” and “ABC-DEF-GHI” are going to be helpful and fun ways to boost language skills. In the song about accepting our imperfections – “Bein’ Green” we even get a guest appearance by Kermit the Frog, while “People in Your Neighborhood” will teach your kid about the roles of the people around them and the delicate social ecosystem we live in. 

All-in-all it is a beautiful collection of songs sung by characters your child will have no trouble identifying from the famous show.

Frog Trouble

The album “Frog Trouble And Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs,” found in a YouTube playlist here, employs a variety of tempos and moods. The slower songs are more melodic and will do a great job relaxing your three-year-old girl, and the upbeat songs are great for joyous dancing. Both kids and adults will find something to enjoy in this country collection. 

Sandra Boynton is the songwriter responsible for this album, and the songs are brought to life by country bands and singers like Mark Lanegan and Brad Paisley. If you’re looking to teach your kids about the music of the past, this is an excellent choice with a comforting tone. Let your three-year-old exercise their growing muscles and enjoy the various tempos on this album. A charming and fun song with an interesting lesson – “Copycat” is sung by Brad Paisley, while Alison Krauss sings the mid-tempo tune “End of a Summer Storm,” which is one of our favorites on the album. Your little one’s brain can get a real workout because the rhythms and tempos on this album are always shifting. 

Each song teaches a lesson for your kid to learn, and it will be easy for you to find some teachable moments in the lyrics. Children’s short attention spans were taken into account, so the songs are quite short, too, which is a deliberate and smart decision.

Songs From Disney Movies

A collection of Disney hits from 2017 comes together in this magical playlist. It features the most famous Disney tunes from the movies, and it is a fantastic way to bring part of the Disney magic to your kids through the power of music

Everyone who grew up with Disney movies has a few favorite songs from them, including kids nowadays, and if you’re like me, you often catch yourself singing one of the tunes as the day goes on. So, let your three-year-old get in on the magic early by bringing the songs directly to them with this vast collection of hits form their future favorite movies. 

Hit songs like the Oscar-nominated “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, “Circle of Life” from the legendary Lion King, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, and many more will melt your heart with nostalgia, while giving your little one a glimpse of your childhood. There are songs from all of Disney’s award-winning movies on this list and don’t be surprised if you catch yourself in a YouTube wormhole just going through the songs one by one. 

Perhaps your little prince or princess still doesn’t have the full grasp of Disney movies just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they get hooked, and there’s no harm in getting them acquainted with some of the best movie songs ever; especially if it gives you a reason to rock-out to some of your favorite childhood hits. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your child is too young for these songs. Kids who listen to music while they are young are proven to have more verbal intelligence. Listening to music like this trains the brain and boosts their ability to understand others as well as verbalize their own thoughts. This will, in turn, lead to an enhancement of their overall communication skills later on.

Singable Songs for the Very Young

Music plays a significant part in creating memories as a child. So, it’s important to share music with your kids and take advantage of those bonding opportunities and experiences. This playlist includes 19 songs, which range from funny counting tunes to those with a more serious tone. The album is a timeless classic, and you wouldn’t be able to tell it was recorded back in the 1970s. It’s a great way to teach your toddler boy or girl about some of the basics of life. 

The singable and fun rockabilly songs are delivered by Raffi, an interesting character with a neat sense of rhythm. Your little one will be singing along, dancing, and laughing with these cute tunes as they can get a smile out of anyone, no matter how sad they might be feeling. The songs provide essential teaching moments regarding the activities your kids will do throughout the day, like enjoying the titular “Peanut Butter Sandwich.” There are tunes about things like sharing and brushing their teeth as well. Although the melodies of many songs may be familiar to you and even your kid, the words will probably be new, so enjoy, jump, skip, dance, and have a great time with your little one. 

The rhythm changes will spark their brain development, and they will exercise their bodies by skipping and dancing to the beat. Actions and words are repeated a lot throughout the songs, and that will help your kid learn them as well since young brains love repetition so much.

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You Are My Little Bird

It can be tricky to travel the world with a three-year-old. Aside from the obvious question of finances, there’s the issue of them withstanding long plane journeys and having to work around their napping schedule throughout the trip. Maybe save the trip around the world until they are older, but in the meantime, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t bring the world to them. 

This great playlist does precisely that by bringing tunes from all around the globe together with American folk songs to any device with a screen. It is a peaceful and gentle way to introduce your kid to the songs you learned when you were a child, as well as share songs from a variety of other cultures. The songs themselves are upbeat but soft, perfect for a lazy day, with a mix of relaxing and slow songs along with some happy and fast ones. The artist’s name is Elizabeth Mitchell, and she has a very soothing voice, accompanied by just a few background instruments, to keep everything smooth and gentle. 

The music on this album is very inviting to kids, so they tend to enjoy themselves while singing and dancing along. The songs are also easy listening for parents, especially if you’re tired of things like the Alphabet Song, and would like to hear something different. All of the songs have a comforting and homey note to them, and the whole family can enjoy them.

We’ve selected some of our favorite music videos and YouTube playlists to make the selection more straightforward, so you can start reaping the benefits and enjoying the fun of listening to some great music with your kids.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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