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My son is not quite old enough to do certain indoor “kid activities” yet (I’m thinking play-doh, crafts, etc.), but he sure can whack his 8-note xylophone with the accompanying mallets with gusto!
I try to listen to the tones and intervals of his playing to recognize new songs I could add to our rotation (yes, sometimes he lets me hold the sticks!). It’s a joy to watch him watch me create music. I truly think he might have a knack for that world when he gets older (something I consider myself being able to recognize, somewhat). His favorite tune for months was “On Top of Spaghetti,” because it allowed him to “sneeze” at the appropriate part in the song (it sounds more like a scream and he knows he’s not supposed to scream!).
18 Songs for a Child’s 8-Note Xylophone
I was able to come up with about 12 songs on my own and then I remembered trusty Mr. Google. Weeded through a few forums on the same general subject and was happy to discover more that worked. Here are the songs that can be entirely played on an 8-note, key of C Major child’s xylophone:
Classic Kid Songs
- Alphabet song*
- Do you Know the Muffin Man?
- Hot Cross Buns*
- London Bridge is Falling Down
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- This Old Man
- Three Blind Mice*
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star*
- Jingle Bells
- Joy to the World (this is my favorite one to play – it’s just fun with the mallets).
- Up on the Housetop
Random Other Songs for the Xylophone
- Do Re Mi (“Doe a Deer”)
- Here Comes the Bride (Wedding March)
- Oh! Susanna
- On Top of Spaghetti*
- On Top of Old Smokey*
- When the Saints Go Marching In
*Note: a few of these share the same tune with another, but I still listed them. Just singing different lyrics breaks up the repetitiveness!
By the way, if you need help figuring out what notes to play for these songs, write a comment and I’d be glad to help. I have a musical background and don’t expect all parents to know this sort of stuff!
Can you think of any more I can add to the list?