Western Washington hit a spell of amazing weather this weekend. My first thought like always when the meteorologists promise the impossible, BEACH!!! We live over three hours from Long Beach, WA, but it's worth it. We were hoping for seventies, but hit 80's instead. What a boon. Oh, we consists of my two boys, my sister, and my mom. But with over 6 hours of driving time total all in one day, we have to be armed with entertainment...MUSIC. For all those who plan to take to the road with children, here are a few of my favorite songs/albums.
My boys rock out hard when they listen to The Imagination Movers. Okay, so do I. The music is fun and easy to pick up...even for me.
My mom always asks, "Who is this?" "They Might Be Giants, mom." "Or they might not be."
Warning: The song One Small Voice by Kenny Loggins & Kids can turn your happy sister into a griping grouch until the song ends, then when your son who loves slow songs asks you to replay it and you do, be prepared. It's not a pretty sight.
This album will inspire some hip shaking and possibly your kids shouting from the backseat for you to stop singing. Also, if you are not musically inclined and have no music memory it's possible a single song lyric will stick in your head for weeks, keeping you up at night, sneaking past your lips as you walk your kids to school. You've been warned.
VeggieTales is Christian based and their songs are ridiculous, but man, my kids love them, especially the Pirate song and the Bunny song. I do not know why.
Check the library because it seems this CD is out of stock. There's a song along the lines, "M-O-M-M-Y needs C-O-F-F-E-E." My kind of song. A little goes a long way for this pick.
Pete the Cat is a wonderful series of books with I Love My White Shoes being my favorite. This song closely matches the book and my boys love both! Other books with great songs are Brown Bear Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (spell this one correctly on Amazon or else...yikes!)
Don't forget tapping into movie soundtracks. Madagascar, Chicken Little, Cars, Tangled, Mulan, Curious George. Or TV shows like Yo Gabba Gabba and Playhouse Disney. Think about throwing in some classics like Queen's We Will Rock You. Kids love rock! I suggest making mixed CD's. It's just more fun that way. Happy Driving!!!