We recently started going to our local library for a toddler reading program and our little girl loves it. I like it too because it gives us something to do and we both get to interact with other human beings! I noticed a lot of the songs they sing include hand motions. Izzy loves to move so songs with hand motions keep her attention.
I also think the hand motions help her learn different parts of the body. For example, touch your nose or pat your belly. I wanted to see what songs where out there with motions so I made a list. I plan to use this list to learn the songs and practice them with our daughter. I also linked the songs to videos on youtube, some of them are a little silly, but you will get the gist of the hand motions when you watch.
Kid Songs With Motions
The research is mixed when it comes to music exposure and intelligence. Some experts believe early music exposure improves intelligences, others say there is no correlation. The way I see it, it can’t hurt! Additionally, here is one research study suggesting there is a correlation between early music instruction and spatial-temporal reasoning abilities.