There’s a saying that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! So, if you and your kids are planning to trap a leprechaun, kiss a blarney stone, or search for four leaf clovers, you’ll want to add this music to your day.
Shamrock Shake by Mr Christopher Zondaflex Tyler
Mr Christopher Tyler (AKA ZondaFlex) is a hip hop dance instructor, music producer, and Dad, which means he has serious “cred” when it comes to creating kid friendly and parent approved hip hop music. Mr. Chris incorporates easy dances steps into The Shamrock Shake, like he does with all his songs, such as “Pump your fist while you go to the right.” There are some dance moves in there that I’ve never heard of, like the SpongeBob, but it’ll be fun to ask your kids what they think the dance move looks like. Let them use their creativity to come up with dances steps!
Rainbow Connection sung by Kermit the Frog
I’m sure Rainbow Connection is as much a piece of your childhood as it is mine. And, I love sharing pieces of my childhood with my kids.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole
I first heard this version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow as a teacher when the grade five class at my school performed it in sign language for a school concert. Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole’s voice and ukulele bring a dreaminess to the song. Please note, Isreal died in 1993, and in the above video, there is footage of his ashes being scattered. Little ones might not notice, but if you choose, it’s a good teaching opportunity.
The Dove’s Return by Aine Minogue
The Dove’s Return is one of the songs I use during my Intellidance® Babies relaxation section. This song is ethereal, and sounds like it’s being sung by fairies. I can just imagine little ones hearing it and pretending they’re fairies dancing in a meadow. You can find this song and other great Celtic and Irish music on the Putumayo Kids CD Celtic Dreamland.
Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s An Irish Lullaby) sung by Bing Crosby
This is a beautiful lullaby, and I find myself singing it to my darlings at bedtime. I love the simplicity of the tune. Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra means “goodbye” or “see you later.” It’s similar to saying toodaloo or toodles, which comes from the French phrase, à tout à l’heure meaning “goodbye.”
This is another song I remember from my childhood. I’m sure I learned it from my grandmother as she’s always singing or whistling around the house. I also fondly remember it from Bugs Bunny cartoons. I especially like the way Willie Nelson sings with his raspy voice, crisp whistling, folksy acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Do you have a favourite song to share with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day? Please sharing it in the comments below!