My kids have grown up with a variety of music. They love my husband’s collection of classic rock, oldies, and rock songs that usually play when we’re all in the car or lounging by the pool.

They also love my odd offering of adult contemporary, rap, and R&B songs (or at least they pretend to). We often crank up the volume to an especially good song and dance like silly kites moving in the wind. But the music the kids really enjoy are the songs that cater more towards their age.

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1.The Laurie Berkner Band – Rocketship Run

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The first time I saw the Laurie Berkner Band, I was watching something on the Nickelodeon channel and found myself stomping on the rug to a song called “I’m Gonna Catch You”. The kids love this band’s music — it’s fun, silly, and with most being less than 2 1/2 minutes, your kids will be able to learn the catchy songs quickly. With only an acoustic guitar, bass and keyboards, this band will get your kids off the sofa and dancing.

2.Barenaked Ladies

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The BnL score big with their first children’s album. Just like their pop hits, these new songs are full of lyrical stories like “The Humongous Tree” and “My Big Sister”. It’s hard for us to get through singing “I Can Sing” without the kids falling to the ground in laughter. I’ve asked them what’s so funny and they usually just shrug their shoulders and tell me the music is just crazy.

3.Marlo Thomas and Friends — Free to Be You and Me

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This album takes me back to my childhood. I remember watching this movie in pre-school and loving the music. I watched the DVD recently and was excited to watch it with my kids. Free to be You and Me is about accepting people for who they are, despite gender stereotypes that children learn at a very young age. Some special singers on the album are actor Alan Alda, actor/director Mel Brooks, football great Rosy Grier, and actor/singer Harry Belafonte.

4.The Backyardigans

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I was amazed at the dancing and music when I first watched The Backyardigans a few years ago. The characters are cute and bubbly and the music is effortless and always coincides to the journey The Backyardigans are on. There is some children’s music that I cannot listen to — that’s untrue of this album. The music makes the kids (and me) want to dance and sing at the top of our lungs.

Be careful — these songs are addictive and you’ll have find yourself singing one of these tunes while waiting for your coffee at Starbucks. The music is innocent and sweet and will be played in your home for years to come.

We like to get some tambourines and anything we can use as drums and play along with the music.Whatever music you listen to with your kids, make it fun and something they will remember. All albums available at Amazon.com and other retailers.

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