If your child has not yet discovered the Baby Shark song then just give it 5 minutes. With 1.5 billion views on YouTube (yes, billion!), this simple, repetitive song with a cute dance video has gone oh-so-viral!
The video is the work of Pinkfong, a South Korean education brand. The song itself has done the rounds for a few years but this particular version has grabbed the attention of every preschooler around … and has invaded the brain of every parent who hears it!
Ready … baby shark, do, do, do, do, do, do …
It could very well be the biggest thing since Gangnam Style – but I don’t recommend busting it out on the dancefloor without a toddler in tow.
Why repetitive songs are good for learning
Songs like this may be annoying for adults after the first dozen or so times, but repetition in children’s songs and rhymes actually serves an educational purpose. Repetition can aid memory and communication, and research has shown that children who are better readers tend to be able to keep a steady beat. Depending on the song, they can also help with vocabulary, foreign language and counting skills.
Is your child singing this song every waking moment? Join the discussion in the comments below do, do, do, do, do, do …
This blog was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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