Playing the kazoo doesn’t require an advanced music degree: in the world of song it’s the equivalent of humming. Which means for kids, it’s one of the funnest and rewarding “wind” instruments around. Here are three songs you and the kiddos can try on the kazoo.

kazoo kid photo: carvalho via flickr

Row Your Boat

Lyrics:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

This one is great done in a round: once you get the hang of the tune, the second person can come in at the end of the first line. If you’ve got more people, each person starts after the first line (boat).

London Bridge

Lyrics:
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady

A good, short-ish straightforward song that the kids can do over (and over, and over) again. You’ve been warned.

Old MacDonald

Lyrics:
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm he had a _____ (animal).
E-I-E-I-O
With a ______ _____ here and a _____ ______ there, 
Here a _____ there a _____ everywhere a ______ ______.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O

Sing the first line and have the kids do the kazoo part for “E-I-E-I-O.” You can also sub a kazoo sound for kind of animal, and just do kazoo for the animals sounds.

Have you mastered the kazoo? 

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—Amber Guetebier