Last year, I made up a little song to help me teach little 2 1/2 year-old Gabriel about patience, and I posted it in the kitchen, where he would get impatient a lot when waiting on meal and snack times.
Whenever Gabe got a little cranky, I would say, “Oh, sounds like you’re having trouble being patient right now! Let’s sing our Patience Song together while we wait for me to finish getting dinner ready for you.” About 75% of the time, I could redirect him pretty successfully by singing this catchy little song with him a couple of times. If I needed extra time, I would start to prompt him about all of the things he was thankful for that day, i.e. friends, Daddy, going to park, Jesus, etc.
The melody is the one from “Brother John/Frere Jacques?”: