These winter songs for preschoolers are sure to get the kids dancing and singing! Pair these songs with your favorite winter activities for preschoolers.
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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be singing with the kids.
In fact, it might be even more imperative to get your students up and moving as they sing along to these winter songs. Especially if foul weather has kept everyone inside longer than you’d like.
I’m a big believer in getting the kids outside to play even if it’s cold and snowy, but sometimes you just can’t.
Read more about why playing outside in the winter is important for kids.
Check out the fun songs below. Then be sure to share your own favorites with me in the comments.
Winter Songs for Preschoolers
I’ve broken the songs down into a few different categories – snow, snowmen, winter animals, and general winter.
When possible, I’ve included a link to the appropriate album or song on Amazon. That way you can stream the song or download it to your own collection.
You’ll also notice a lot of YouTube videos. I know many teachers who enjoy having a playlist of music videos for their students and wanted to help.
Oh, and I also added a section that discusses what the kids are learning with these songs. Not that there’s anything wrong with singing and dancing just to sing and dance! Check below the songs for this information.
Now let’s get singing . . . and maybe some dancing . . .
Preschool Snow Songs
Of course, you can’t kick off a list of winter songs for preschoolers without including some songs about snow.
The Learning Station’s “Snowflakes” is a fun one to get the kids up and moving. It’s from their album Seasonal Songs in Motion.
“Snowflakes, Snowflakes” from The Kiboomers is just right for toddlers and preschoolers. It has a very calming, soothing quality to it.
Super Simple Songs “Each Snowflake is Special” is a sweet winter song the kids will enjoy. You can encourage the kids to dance and pretend it’s snowing while they sing. The song is from episode 12 of Treetop Family.
“Counting Snowflakes” from Maple Leaf Learning helps the kids count up to 20. It would be great paired up with large snowflake number cards.
Super Simple Songs’ “Little Snowflake” would be great as a transition from a busy activity to a calm one. You could even use it before nap or rest time.
Cocomelon’s “Winter Song (Fun in the Snow)” is another one to sing with the kids this winter. Add in some simple movements so the kids can pretend to be playing in the snow as they sing.
Snowman Songs for Preschool
Next, let’s take a listen to some winter songs for preschoolers that focus on snowmen.
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The Kiboomers’ “5 Little Snowmen Standing in a Row” is the classic “5 little” song with a winter twist.
“Chubby Little Snowman” is a super short snowman song, but it never fails to entertain the preschoolers!
Get the kids up and moving with Sing, Play, Create’s “Hey, Mr. Snowman”. Great way to talk about verbs along the way, too.
“Let’s Build a Snowman” by Elf Kids is a bit more of a chant than a true winter song. But I love that the children can easily follow along and pretend to build a snowman with it. You could also use a felt board snowman to accompany this.
Super Simple Songs has “I’m a Little Snowflake”, and I think this one is perfect for toddlers and younger preschoolers. Even older preschoolers will enjoy the simple phrasing and rhyming words.
Winter Animal Songs for Kids
Then we’ll move into winter songs for preschoolers that focus on winter animals.
These songs would go well with an Arctic theme, an Antarctic theme, or a polar animals theme.
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Let’s start with Jack Hartmann’s “Penguin Dance”, shall we? It’s based around a very simple phrase that’s repeated as the children dance. This is definitely a song the kids should be up and moving for – there are even easy-to-follow directions.
Of course, I also have to include Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” here! There’s a reason it’s a classic.
HiDino’s “Adventure Through the Snow” touches on multiple winter animals. Kids will sing about a polar bear, a walrus, a reindeer, a penguin, and an Arctic fox.
It’s definitely a cute song, but keep in mind that these animals aren’t found in the same places in nature. (For example, polar bears are found near the Arctic whereas penguins mostly live in the Southern Hemisphere.)
“Polar Bear” from Rachel Rambach is a fun one to use when exploring rhythm and sequencing. The video below is more for you than your students, as it shows how to introduce the chant to the kids.
The Kiboomers’ “Did You Ever See a Penguin?” is next on our list. You could easily teach your students simple movements to accompany the words.
“Arctic Animals” from Singing Sprouts is an easy song put to a familiar tune. It’s short and touches on two Arctic animals – the polar bear and the snow owl. You and your students could easily extend it with other animals!
More Winter Songs for Kids
Last but not least are some general winter songs for preschoolers.
“Winter Hokey Pokey” from The Kiboomers is a winterized version of the classic song. This would be especially great when discussing how we dress for cold, wintery conditions.
Laurie Berkner Band’s “When It’s Cold” definitely encourages moving around in the winter! Your students can wiggle, jump, and spin along to the song.
“Winter Mittens Song” from The Kiboomers is a song that would be perfect to work on color recognition. Grab some mittens of different colors and let the children sing and dance along.
Learning with Winter Songs
As I mentioned earlier, there is absolutely nothing wrong with music just for music’s sake.
But did you know that kids are learning while they’re singing and dancing along to these winter songs for preschoolers?
Yes, they really are!
Here are some of the concepts the children are learning and practicing:
- Language development
When you add more to the songs (like pocket chart words, number cards, dancing, etc.), even more concepts can be explored:
- Letter-sound correspondence
- Concept of a word
- Letter identification
- Number identification
- Gross motor development
And those lists aren’t exhaustive! Just look at all of that glorious fun and meaningful learning that takes place while children are engaged and having a blast.
Music and Movement Tools
Singing and dancing is such a fun way to get students interested and engaged in learning. These types of experiences are especially important in the winter when the weather might limit your classroom’s time outdoors.
Music and movement tools are a great way to keep the kids active during the winter months. Adding these novel materials is the perfect way to expand on the winter song and dance activities while also adding some extra excitement for the kids.
So, I’ve created a list of some of those tools that will be a great addition to your preschool song and dance routines. I think you’ll find that they’re great for the wintertime, but can be used all year long!
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- Musical egg shakers
- Rain sticks
- Jingle bell bracelets
- Rhythm Sticks
- Movement scarves
- Bean bags
- Spot markers
- Finger castanets
- Finger cymbals
- Wrist ribbons
- Plastic cones
Not only are these products great additions to song and dance, but they’re also great tools to use to teach various skills like gross motor skills, following directions, and cooperative play, among other things. Check out some of my favorite classroom products below:
Winter Teaching Resources
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Don’t forget to leave me a comment with some of YOUR favorite winter songs for preschoolers!