parenting, Toddler Activities

One Potato, Two: Simple Transition Songs


Any song can really be used as a transition song as long as you use it consistently so your child knows whats happening, but here are some specific ones that might help your toddler and preschooler move on to the next thing and are so short and easy that you won’t forget the lyrics!


For getting ready to go somewhere, including somewhere in the house:

Here We Go Marching:

Here we go marching, marching, marching, here we go marching now

Here we go marching (into your room, into the kitchen, into the car, etc.) 

Here we go marching now

( I add verses to this, like walking, skipping, jumping, dancing, etc. You could choose one that you like best and stick to that or do a few verses. It’s the rhythm and routine of the song that is the big win here.) 

One Potato, Two Potato

One potato, Two potato, Three potato, Four

Now we’re getting ready to walk out of the door

One potato, Two potato, Three potato, Four

Here we go now, right out of the door!

For getting ready to sleep:

Are You Sleeping? (Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

Let’s lay down, let’s lay down

Ready to dream, ready to dream

Good night now, Good night now

For Eating:

Chew Chew

Chew chew chew your food

Chew it all up

Chew chew chew your food

Then drink from your cup


They might seem overly simple or silly, but that’s what makes them so effective. Toddlers and preschoolers don’t need a lot of words to tell them what to do, its something almost mindless that triggers their over-working brain to keep it on task. You can sing these every time you need to head to bed, to the car, or to eat and they will quickly get the message without you having to do a lot of negotiating, explaining, or cajoling. Plus, music soothes the savage beast, even when its just a three-second ditty that lets your kiddo know its snack time. So take it as a win, and get singing!

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Learning Songs: Singing The Scales


Most people know the classic Do, Re, Me for singing the scales, and there’s also an alternate version that can go both up and down the scales to further the tonal distinctions. Learning the scales is important for musical ability and cognitive development, but also for experimenting with more nuanced social cues. When talking to other people, different tones can indicate different meanings. A lower tone of voice can indicate seriousness, a higher tone might be more playful. When understood in conjunction to other social cues, such as a smile or gesture, a toddler can understand when another kiddo is asking to play even if they speak different languages by the tone of voice being used. Just like they can understand a stern voice might mean stop, or a soothing voice tone is all about comfort.

Do Re Mi 

Doe A Deer, A Female Deer (touch all fingers to thumb to create a deer face)

Ray A Drop Of Golden Sun (spread fingers wide to indicate the sun)

Me, A Name I Call Myself (point to self)

Fa, A Long Long Way To Run (have two fingers run along opposite palm)

Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread (pretend to pull a threaded needle)

La, A Note To Follow So (“roll” hand away from mouth)

Tea, A Drink With Jam and Bread (pretend to drink a cup of tea)

And That Brings Us Back To Doe, Doe, Doe, Doe (make deer face again)

This alternate version goes both up and down the scales, and you can point to each body part mentioned:

On My Toe

Is A Flea

Now He’s Climbing

On My Knee

Past My Tummy

Past My Nose

On My Head

Where My Hair Grows…

On My Head (now scales will go back down)

There Is A Flea

Now He’s Climbing

Down Over Me

Past My Tummy

Past My Knee

On My Toe

Goodbye Flea

Both of these are fun little finger plays and easy songs to sing at any moment in any day!