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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Kindness, Self-Acceptance, & Gratitude

last updated January 17, 2021



posted by Catharine Hannay




In the song playlists for teachers, I try to include something for everyone. However, many of those songs are geared more toward adolescents and adults.

So here's a whole list with only songs that are appropriate for young children... although the rest of us would also benefit from belly breathing with Elmo!


Note: Parents and teachers, as always please watch the full video yourself before sharing it with kids. There's nothing I would consider at all offensive, but with such an international/multicultural/multifaith audience, I can't guarantee that every single image in all of the videos will be appropriate for your context.


Songs About Coping with COVID


School's a Little Different This Year, Stephanie Liddell (Music for Kiddos)

a song about wearing masks, washing hands (a lot), and maybe doing schoolwork online




Wash My Hands, Narwhals and Waterfalls

a song about doing our best even if we don't feel like washing our hands so much and it's uncomfortable to wear a mask





Yoga Song for Kids, Stephanie Liddell (Music for Kiddos)

This isn't specifically about COVID, but it's a soothing and calming bedtime yoga routine.


Songs About Kindness and Diversity




Empty Hands Music





Tori Kelly & the Muppets


Alessia Cara & the Muppets





Songs About Feelings and SEL




Narwals and Waterfalls




Belly Breathe
Elmo, with Common and Colbie Caillat





The Breathing Song
Narwals and Waterfalls







Feelings 
Patty Shukla





I Can Still Be Me
Narwals and Waterfalls






Narwals and Waterfalls







Cookie Monster






Narwals and Waterfalls




Narwhals and Waterfalls









Gratitude




gratitude yoga practice
Fireflies: Musical Yoga for Kids
song starts at 2:20





Sherri Boekweg






Thank Someone
Amy Grant and John Hiatt




CocoMelon Nursery Rhymes and Kids' Songs







Kids TV 123







The Juice Box Jukebox





Together is Better 
(“I'm grateful for my friends.”)





Facing Challenges/
Self-Compassion/Persistence



Believe in Yourself Song, with Michael Bublé



from Music Mindsets: Sing Step Grow




Don’t Give Up, with Bruno Mars 





Oops, Oops, Wait, Aha! with Maren Morris





Power of Yet, with Janelle Monae







Self-Acceptance/Self-Esteem






Everybody Be Yo'self, with Keb Mo






It's You I Like, video by Narwals and Waterfalls







I'm Proud to Be Me, Rachel Coleman and Ben Carter
audioofficial video (children's song in English and American Sign Language)
"I'm a girl! I'm a girl! I'm proud to be me. I'm a boy! I'm a boy! I'm proud to be me. There’s so many things that you can be. You might be short, you might be tall. Different colored eyes, different colored hair. But underneath it all, I’m proud to be me."










The Ugly Duckling (“It’s good to be me.”)






What I Am, with Will.I.Am