Each one of the easy ukulele songs for kids in this article is sung over the C chord. In my experience as a teacher, kids under the age of 7 have difficulty playing other chords. If you don’t know how to play the C chord yet, read How to Play the Ukulele for Kids.
*Some of these songs typically use more than one chord, but they sound good with only the C chord as well, making them ideal for 5-7 year olds.
To play the following easy ukulele songs for kids, simply strum this chord downward to each syllable of the lyrics or once per phrase.
#1 Easy Ukulele Song for Kids: Are You Sleeping
#2 Row Row Row Your Boat
#3 The Itsy Bitsy Spider
#4: Easy Ukulele Song for Kids: Merry Had a Little Lamb
#5: Three Blind Mice
#6: Old McDonald Had a Farm
#7: This Little Light of Mine
Learn the songs with more chords
If you can play these easy ukulele songs for kids and you are looking for something a little more challenging. See this article that includes the same songs but with more chords.
Some teaching tips
Which finger should be used?
Kids can use any finger they like to play the C chord. Typically it is played with the 3rd finger (ring finger), however, the index or middle finger is fine too.
Use the thumb for support
Make sure the child is pressing the back of the ukulele neck with their thumb. This will give them the required amount of force to get the note sounding properly.
How to strum?
Simply strum the ukulele where the chord symbol lines up with the lyric (see each individual song sheet). You can also strum the ukulele for each lyric syllable. At this point, any strumming that lines up with the lyrics is a success. The real challenge will be to get the finger positioned in the right place to get a good chord sound.
Thank you for reading easy ukulele songs for kids. I hope you enjoyed it. See our other ukulele teaching articles for more advanced learning.
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