‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ is a popular nursery rhyme and the favorite of many toddlers and preschoolers. The rhyme is not only fun to sing, but it involves actions too that make learning and singing a joyful thing. Children love clapping hands and this joyous song takes the benefit of just that.
The kid’s song dates back to 1950s when it was published in a volume of ‘constructive recreational activities’ for kids and other projects such as dramas and entertaining programs for disabled children. According to some people, it was a Latvian folk song and the music was taken from Molodejnaya, a song written in 1938 for the Soviet film Volga Volga.
About the lyrics:
There are many versions of this rhyme and some of them use the words ‘then your face will surely show it’ instead of ‘and you really want to show it’. The most popular version includes the lyrics like this: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!’ and the rhyme goes on while the sentence ‘clap your hands’ gets replaced by many other actions. The poem includes actions such as stomp your feet, turn around, shout hurray, and do all three. Can you imagine how fun it would be to sing along with a group of preschoolers or toddlers?
Takeaways for children:
‘If you’re happy and you know it’ is one of the most favorite preschool songs as it teaches the children to be happy and express it too. The rhyme helps the toddlers to sing and act according to the lyrics, and this helps in developing auditory skills along with the coordination between various body parts. This rhyme also boosts motor skills and improves memory and concentration.