The baby shark song videos have been all the rage, and we’ll show you why that’s not such a bad thing.
Baby Shark is…educational??
That’s right! Listening to Baby Shark (doo doo doo doo doo doo) is actually doing amazing things in your child’s brain!
Our dear friend, Miss Katie from Sound Pathways Music, is a music therapist who is passionate about music as well as the science behind it. She says,
As a child sings, dances, and plays instruments, research indicates that they are building pathways in the brain that will benefit them for a lifetime. Through that magical world of play, our little ones begin to learn and assimilate information about themselves and the world. Providing a rich and varied musical environment for a child not only enhances their musical tastes and exploration, these playful, engaging musical experiences can facilitate life-changing skill acquisition.
You can read more about this in our post on how music makes children smarter.
Baby Shark Song
Did you know that the Baby Shark song only has 17 words? As annoying as the repetition might be to us as adults, the simple and predictable nature of this song makes it perfect for young learners. We all know the frustration of not being able to think of the words to a song – kids feel that too! However, if they can say “doo,” or anything close to “doo,” they can sing practically the entire baby shark song by themselves! This gives a jolt of confidence and pride and helps foster a love of learning.
The simple vocabulary used in the song can also be a great learning tool. Use the song as a starting point to talk about family, which can lead into other awesome preschool themes like grandparents, Thanksgiving, or All About me. Or you can tie the song into swimming, fishing, the ocean, and summer. The possibilities are endless!
Speech and Language Pathologist, Laura Brown, in an interview for Romper, says “It has been proven that play and other motor activities facilitate language development. Encouraging a child to get up and dance while singing, or pretending to be a shark swimming around is great to increase the likelihood that these concepts are going to be remembered and recalled later.”
So gear up! Get ready to sing and dance along! It’s every version of the Baby Shark song you could ever want!
Baby Shark Song Videos
We found the best Baby Shark song YouTube videos and made them easy for you to scroll through our favorites for kids.
Baby Shark Dance by Pinkfong
Pinkfong is an animated pink fox character and subsequent brand that’s the brainchild of SmartStudy, a South Korean educational entertainment company. While they definitely popularized the Baby Shark song, they technically didn’t create it. What’s the real baby shark song origin? It’s been around a while as a “campfire song,” one of those catchy tunes that everyone knows and no one really knows who wrote. Our friends from The Learning Station included it on an album in 2011. I remember singing it at library story times with my own kids long before it was the craze it is today!
However – this 2016 YouTube video was the spark that caught fire! The video has BILLIONS of views!
Baby Shark by Bounce Patrol
Baby Shark by The Learning Station
Baby Shark by Super Simple Songs
Seasonal Baby Shark Song Videos
Pingfong and all our other educational video friends have capitalized on the craze and made these adorable seasonal versions of Baby Shark. Here’s the best for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter! Keep your eye out on YouTube, these seasonal versions are really picking up steam lately and I bet some more will be released soon.
Valentine’s Day Sharks by Pinkfong
Halloween Sharks by Pinkfong
Baby Shark Halloween by Super Simple Learning
Christmas Sharks by Pinkfong
Santa Shark by Super Simple Songs
Baby Shark Winter Song by The Learning Station
Baby Shark Challenge
In late 2018 #babysharkchallenge took off as a social video craze. It included lots of people doing a Baby Shark dance alongside moving cars, which we definitely don’t recommend, but a ton of other fun videos and applications came out of it!
Baby Shark Dance by Pinkfong
Get your Zumba on with Baby Shark!
Baby Shark CPR
Get this: Baby Shark is sung at a tempo of 110 beats per minute, which is exactly the same speed at which you should do CPR! Some health professionals suggest that keeping it in your head while in a crisis could actually save a life!
Baby Shark Abs Challenge
Does it count as a workout if my abs burn just watching them??
Baby Shark in Pop Culture
One last one. 🙂 Even celebrities can’t withstand the draw of Baby Shark. This version is, of course, appropriate for kids, but they might not appreciate them as much as you do!
The Biggest Baby Shark Ever by James Corden
Need some songs to get Baby Shark song out of your head now?? Check out our other songs for kids!
Karalee is the blog manager for Preschool Inspirations and loves working with Katie! She has two daughters who attend full-day preK and kindergarten at the same school. She also works as an administrative assistant for an awesome real estate group.
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