We Wish You a Merry Christmas… Toddler Style!

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Last week one of the fabulous moms I’m working with taught me some new verses to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” (Thanks Rachel!)

Besides being adorable and fun, I’m using the verses to teach imitation… specifically, imitating body movements.

Imitating actions is such an important precursor to talking. Here’s why…

Toddlers always imitate actions before they begin to imitate sounds and words.

(The exception is a child with significant motor impairments to his arms and hands which limit his/her ability to move those body parts.)

Imitating actions is level two of the eight levels of imitation that help a child move from being nonverbal to imitating phrases. Read more about this in Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers… now on sale for $10 off!

Keeping that in mind, for toddlers who aren’t yet talking, one of the best things you can do is teach them to copy what you do. A great way to begin is with hand motions to songs like this one… We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Sing the first verse as you would normally…

We wish you a Merry Christmas.

We wish you a Merry Christmas.

We wish you a Merry Christmas.

And a Happy New Year.


Then add a verse with an easy hand or body motion like this…

Let’s all do a little clapping.

Let’s all do a little clapping.

Let’s all do a little clapping.

And spread Christmas cheer.


Other ones I’m using are…

Let’s all do a little waving. (Great for kids who need practice to learn to wave consistently!)

Let’s all blow little kisses.

Let’s all do a little jumping.

Let’s all do a little stomping.


You get the idea!

If you come up with more creative verses, send them to me!


This little song has worked for me and I know it can for you too!

Wishing you a merry time this last week before Christmas!




For more ideas for songs, games, and play routines to help a child learn to imitate, check out Building Verbal Imitation  Skills in Toddlers… on sale for $10 off for a few more days!



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