5 Fun Counting Songs for Young Children

Wooden blocks with numbers on for children

There are lots of fun counting songs for young children who are starting to learn how to count.

Children can start to understand the concept of number and counting from around two years old.

Singing counting songs regularly with your children will help them to learn the actual numbers, but also support them as they are learning to count.

Pip has shown an awareness of numbers and counting for a little while now. She can count to three and say the numbers correctly, but after that she tends to repeat the same numbers over and over. I love watching her point to each of the items that she is counting, it’s very cute.

Here are my five favourite counting songs for young children that we sing regularly at home.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive is a song I’ve been singing to Pip since she was born. We sing it regularly at bed time, I personally enjoy the melody. I also like the fact that the numbers count up to ten in order, as lots of our other counting songs count backwards.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Pip loves Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and waves her index finger when we sing “no more monkeys jumping on the bed.” This one is great for counting back from five and children tend to find it quite a funny song.

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Another counting song that counts down from five. We sing Five Little Speckled Frogs at a local singing group and the children have fun jumping around the room like frogs while singing the song.

Ten Green Bottles

I remember singing Ten Green Bottles when I was at school, so it’s nice to sing a counting song with Pip that I used to enjoy as a child. Another great counting song for kids to learn numbers to ten and to introduce them to counting backwards.

Five Currant Buns

I’ve learnt Five Current Buns more recently, it’s another one that we sing with other children at our local singing group. You can change the words to include your child’s name, so I sing, “Along came Pip with a penny one day,” which Pip really enjoys. I also change the toppings on the cakes, we’ve had sprinkles, chocolate, raisins and all sorts on our buns!

Which counting songs do you enjoy singing with your children?

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