10 Preschool Transitions– Songs and Chants to Help Your Day Run Smoothly

Have you ever met a preschooler who doesn’t like music? Maybe I’m wrong, but I think every little kid is drawn to music. There’s something about it that draws them in and points their attention at whoever is making music.

Over the summer I took a class on early childhood transitions with a lot of preschool teachers. The course was designed to help teachers plan out an effective schedule and transitions to help decrease the number of behavior issues that happen throughout the preschool day. Since  I was the only homeschool teacher/mom, she had me come up with transition activities I could do at our home. I came up with several transitions that I love to use now.

10 Preschool Transitions--songs and chants to help your day run smoothly

First of all, what is a transition? A transition is something that helps moves children from one activity to another. An example would be from lesson time to story time or clean up time to snack time. Transitions can be rhythmic chants, songs, or short stories. It is super important to have these transitions as a classroom teacher. Whenever you have dead time, that’s when the behavior problems start happening! (Am I right fellow teachers?!) Something I really love about transitions is that it introduces kids to music, rhythm, and rhyming. You do not need to be a great singer to use these at home! Just try your best and your child will love it! :)

Today I’m going to be sharing with you 10 transition songs and chants to help your preschool day run smoothly.

1.  Wiggle Your Fingers, Stomp Your Feet!— This chant is great for helping a child get their wiggles out and ready to focus on school!Preschool Transition Songs

Preschool Transition Songs

2. Do You Know What Time it Is?–a great song for practicing time! Maybe if youre transitioning from playtime to school time, then you would sing this song to signal that school is starting.

Do You Know What Time it Is?

3. If You’re Happy and You Know It–a happy song to sing anytime during the day!

Preschool Transition Songs

4. Clean Up Songs–Here are 2 songs that are fun to sing when its time to clean up!

Preschool Transition Songs

5. Color Song— a fun way to practice colors!

Preschool Transition Songs

6. This is the Way I Move!–a wonderful way to get your child moving and exercising while singing!

Preschool Transition Songs

7. Finger on Your Lips–a song to use if you want your child to be quiet to listen.

Preschool Transition Songs

8. Little Wiggle–a perfect chant to help get the wiggles out of your little one!

Preschool Transition Songs

9. Washing Hands Song–a simple song to sing while washing hands!

Preschool Transition Songs

10. Criss Cross Applesauce–a very familiar tune to little kids to help them sit down quietly.

Preschool Transition Songs

To download your own copy of these transitions click here —->  Preschool Transitions

Try them out and see if these transition activities make a difference!

Looking for more preschool songs? Check out our Color Songs or Songs to Start the Preschool Day.


  1. Brilliant, I will be trying all of these. My kids are adopted and ANY transition, however little is difficult and I am always looking for easy ways of moving along. I can’t wait til my cheeky six year old boy finds his own rhyme for ‘finger on your shoe’. Just a matter of time.

  2. These are all amazing!!! I just printed and put my in a binder — thank you :) I’m sharing on my FB page :) Have a beautiful weekend!!
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  3. Oh my goodness, these are great! I am starting a new job at a preschool and these will be so helpful to transition kids! Love it!

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  4. Oh these are awesome!!!! Thank you for posting!
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  5. Breaking out into song for ANY age is great and helpful. :) Love this.
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  6. Songs help with so many things. We often sing them on our way to school (a new school) to help keep the crying at bay. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
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  7. Your ideas are wonderful. thanks for sharing them! I am a preschool teacher of 27 years and it is great to find new ideas.

  8. Jason Styles says:

    I Love It!!!!! Thank You.

  9. This is Christina from the Howling Horn. Thanks for the great songs. I used them during my letter “C” week for cleaning songs. I used the washing your hands song and tidy up. They are great way to make cleaning up fun! I talked about them on my blog and shared your page with my followers. http://howlinghorn.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-week-of-letter-c_4.html

  10. I am student teaching and transitions were giving me trouble, I can’t wait to try these!

  11. Great ideas here! I love introducing children to new songs especially when I need help getting cleaned up at transition time.

  12. Cindy Gresham says:

    I teach a class of 12 PK three yr olds with no helper. Singing combined with movement is something we all love. My favorite one of this post is the one about moods to the tune of If you’re happy ….Thanks for sharing, Cindy

  13. Attiya Rehman says:

    very nice

  14. Such an awesome resource, Angela! I featured your post and image in my Free Back-to-School Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time post today. :)
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  15. Thanks so much for these ideas! I am a first year preschool teacher and have been struggling during my transitions. My students will love these and hopefully those transitions will go a little smoother!

  16. Nancy Saldana says:

    Great ideas!, I only have one year experience working with kids and loving to lean more and more for them.

  17. Lovely! Thank you – these are great and I will certainly be using them loads!

  18. You just made a homeschooling mom very happy today. Me! Thanks for sharing this.
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  19. Cynthia Childs says:

    I would like to have thatsend to my email thank you

  20. Love this


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