Sunday, May 29, 2016

Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, Gratitude, and SEL

last updated September 19, 2020



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.




Feelings and SEL Songs




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 







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





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






What I Am, with Will.I.Am