In hopes of raising our children trilingual, we’ve been listening to popular Korean children’s songs and nursery rhymes every day.
Since I can’t speak Korean, I spent too much time searching for the best Korean songs. There are just too many screechy kids’ music out there! This list includes the Korean children’s songs that my mama ears can tolerate while my kids sing and dance!
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Benefits of teaching Korean with children’s music and nursery rhymes
If Korean is a minority language for your family, finding ways to make the language fun and interesting is extremely important.
Thankfully, music is one of the first, best, and easiest ways that kids learn language! Catchy melodies naturally intrigue children to listen, and repetition helps with remembering new words.
In addition, music can have an immediate affect on the family’s mood. Some Korean songs can be calming and soothing while others encourage movement and interaction.
Important Korean vocabulary about music
Here are important key words about music in Korean with romanization for parents who are learning Korean with their kids!
- 음악 (Eum-ag / Music)
- 노래 (Nolae / Song)
- 노래 부르다 (Nolae buleada / Sing songs)
- 어린이 노래 (Eolin-i nolae / Children’s songs)
Korean nursery rhymes and folk songs books for kids
The following 2 wonderful Korean music books have popular songs for children! Although many of these songs can be found online, having the book is super convenient. We can see the lyrics in Korean with English translations.
Korean folk song book with CD
This is our absolute favorite Korean music CD book!! The lyrics are calm, clear, and soothing. A brief background of the folk song is explained, and romanization is provided next to the Korean lyrics.
Illustrations are realistic and gorgeous. Each song comes with sheet music so you can play at home on your instrument!
Korean Nursery Rhymes with CD
This is another lovely Korean book with popular Korean songs and vibrant illustrations! The words are a bit difficult to read due to the colorful background, but both romanization and English translations are provided.
Top Korean music albums for kids
These Korean albums are available for online listening; some might be available as CDs.
Have a dance party and a sing off to these Korean children’s songs!
I Am Happy: Korean Children’s Songs by Jinyoung Kim
- A Joyful Birthday
- I Can Do It
- A Little Piece of Paper
- I Am Happy
- At Preschool
- One Body
- Little Children In The Big Universe
- Shaking Shaking
- A Story For Grandparents
- Friends In The Wood
- Stepping On The Fallen Leaves
- Top Spinning
- The Day Santa Claus Comes
- Time To Go Home
- Easter Song
- A Joyful Birthday: Instrumental
- A Story For Grandparents: Instrumental
A Singing Letter by Jinyoung Kim
- Glowing in the Sun
- I Can Tell Spring Will Soon Be Here
- Singing La-La-La
- Planting Seeds
- Pop Yahoo!
- Morning Glory
- Splishy Splashy
- Click- a -click- a- click Clack
- Bunny On the Grassy Green
- Lovely Tail
- In My Own Backyard
- Jungle Home
- I Can Play the Xylophone
- Woa Ah Lee Loo Loo
- A Singing Letter
- In Our Tiny Hearts
- Welcome to My School
Breathing Joy: Korean Children’s Songs (호~ 불어줄게요: 김진영 동요집)
- 우리 친구 (My Friend)
- 우산을 씌워줄게 (Sharing an Umbrella)
- 단 하나뿐 (Only One)
- 나는 너에 대해 알고 싶어 (I Want To Know about You)
- 나의 손으로 (With My Hands)
- 바닷가에서 (On the Seashore)
- 내 마음도 콩콩콩 (My Heart is Pounding Kong-kong-kong)
- 친구하고 마주보고 (Dancing With My Friend)
- 들어주세요 (Please Listen)
- 신나는 캠프 (Camping Song)
- 기다려줄게 (I Will Wait For You)
- 꽃을 꺾지 마세요 (Don’t Pick Flowers)
- 튼튼한 집 (A Solid House)
- 무섭지 않아 (I’m Not Afraid of It Anymore)
- 줄다리기 (Tug-of-War)
- 괜찮아 (It’s Okay)
- 치우는 시간 (Clean Up Time)
- 친구와 헤어질 때 (Farewell Song)
- 꼬마산타 (Little Santa)
- 내가 호~ 불어줄게요 (Breathing Joy)
- 따뜻한 장갑 (Mittens)
동요랑 함께 놀아요, Volume 19
- 우주 자전거
- 딸기는 내친구
- 맛있는건 살쪄
- 반갑게 인사해
- 병원차와 소방차
- 봄이 왔어요
- 비교하며 놀아요
- 신종플루 어린이 예방송
- 아기오리 아기병아리
- 아장아장 걸음마
- 엄마랑 아빠랑
- 꿈꾸는 도화지
Mom Chosen Best Korean Song
- Promise You
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Head Shoulder Knee and Foot
- My Face Like An Apple
- 100 Rats
Like most people, my kids love Disney movies and music! Lately they’ve been trying to memorize the lyrics, so we’ve been listening to a lot of the classics on replay. Click here for popular Disney songs in Korean!
Organizing Korean children’s music CDs
More organization details are explained in this post: Montessori Inspired CD Organization and Accessibility for Kids.
What are your family’s favorite Korean songs?
Please share with me in the comments! We’d love to learn from your family!
More Korean resources for families
- Korean Books, Music, and Hangul Toys on Amazon!
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- Top 12 Korean Cartoons and Animated Shows for Children
- Best Korean Picture Dictionaries for Kids and Parents!
- Korean Gift Guide for Kids: Cultural, Educational, and Fun Toys!