Our daughter has discovered a joy of singing and spends much of her day singing various songs. She loves to sing "The Wheels on the Bus", "London Bridge", a Filipino song about a hungry spider, a song from the Little Mermaid, another one from Annie and literally several dozen more. However several weeks ago she started singing one that I could not identify.
It sounded like, "toilet paper light bulb (pause) socks for (something I couldn't understand)crayons." Those were the only words and they were just repeated over and over. When I first noticed, I asked her what she was singing and of course she immediately stopped and refused to sing it again. However when I caught her singing it again a few days later, I played my cards right and began singing with her only pausing during the words I couldn't understand to listen for their meaning. The only thing I could come up with was socks for washing crayons but that didn't make a lot of sense.
Perhaps a couple weeks went by before I thought to ask Mrs. Z from daycare assuming that she learned the song from there but Mrs. Z had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Her only guess was that she had learned it from K who is a four year old girl there and Little Abbey's best friend.
Time would pass and I had made a mental note that I would ask the teachers from Little Abbey's preschool if I remembered because that was the last place I could think of where she might have learned a new song. But as it turned out, I never had to go that far. One evening between Christmas and the New Year in are apartment in the Urban Jungle, Little Abbey was watching Caillou on the iPod while we both were reading. That is when we faintly heard the song lyrics, "Toilet paper, light bulb..."
The sound was turned to low to understand the rest of the part, the part I couldn't understand so we both leaned over Little Abbey trying to get her to replay the song. Mrs. Abbey tried to find it for five minutes or so but eventually gave up. We at least had the answer of where she learned it and now new it was just a matter of time when we would hear it again and figure the words out. That is when it finally hit me that perhaps I had enough information to Google it.
I typed in toilet paper light bulb and had thousands of hits but none that seemed like the lyrics for the song. So I next added the word Caillou to the search string and the number one result was a video clip entitled, "Toilet paper, light bulb, socks for Rosie, crayons." The clip was of a little girl but in the background Caillou was playing and singing those very words. Perhaps a minute later after we had our answer, Little Abbey had found the clip again and after calling us over, replayed it for us. As it turned out, the clip was about remembering a list of things by making a song about them, a technique I have used in the past to remember such things as the 50 states in order of joining the union, the presidents, the boyscout motto, the order of the planets, etc. They learn young!