“Meow Hou Hou” from the CD “Salsa for Kittens and Puppies” by Baby Loves Salsa available on iTunes
I still remember when I first heard this delightful song – I was so excited! It’s not every day that I come across a song that not only is easy for young children to sing (basically all they need to sing is “meow meow meow” and “bow wow wow”), but is also really great music with a fantastic salsa beat that everyone loves to dance to.
The written lyrics say “Meow hou hou” but I change it to just “meow” because that’s the way my students would usually imitate a cat. Sometimes with older children (fours and fives) I ask them to line up on different sides of the room depending on whether they want to be a cat or a dog. Then the “cats” sing the cat parts and the “dogs” sing the dog parts.
For toddlers and twos, I act out the song with cat and dog puppets. I find they’re usually not ready to pick up on the auditory cues in the song for when to say “meow meow meow” and “bow wow wow,” but they LOVE to listen to the song and watch the puppets dance. (Who doesn’t love a dancing puppet?)
The whole album, “Salsa for Kittens and Puppies,” is outstanding – original, great musicianship, and gotta-dance rhythms. I highly recommend it!