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What are some good songs for preschoolers?

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"Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Days of the Week," "The ABC Song" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" are all easy, classic songs for preschoolers to learn, according to Early Childhood Education Zone. Jack Hartmann's song "Shape Up" is also appropriate for preschoolers, but it is slightly more detailed than the others.

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"Itsy Bitsy Spider" is a simple song that follows the movements of a spider that climbs up a waterspout, is washed out of the spout by the rain, and then climbs the spout again, once the sun dries the rain. Children perform fun hand movements during the song, which represent the spider's journey.

The song "Days of the Week" employs simple rhymes to teach children the days of the week in the order in which they come. Children sing it to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," another classic children's song.

"The ABC Song" consists of the letters of the alphabet in order. It adds pauses between letters to group them into clusters that rhyme with one another, making the order of the letters easier for children to memorize.

The song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" goes through a list of farm animals, one by one, teaching children the sound each animal makes. The repetitive lyrics help children associate the animal sounds with the animals that make them.

Jack Hartmann's "Shape Up" teaches children about two-dimensional shapes, including the circle, square, triangle, rectangle and oval. The song requires children to use their bodies to form each shape as it is described during the song, providing them with exercise in addition to education.

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