Purpose: Improve your child’s memory! Introduce sounds and words by singing silly songs!
For this Activity you will need:
- The book: Wheels on the Bus by Jerry Smith
- Hold your child on your lap and show him the book. Let him look through it. Talk about the pictures.
- Tell your child that this is a sing-a-long book. Begin reading/singing the book.
- Next, tell him: “We are going to sing the Wheels on the Bus song again. This time we are going to be silly as we sing.”
- As you sing about how the wheels go round and round, gently move your baby’s arms in small circles. Be sure to smile and look at your baby as you sing. Be silly and make her laugh!
- Continue singing the song, changing the movements as you sing. For example:
- Gently raise your child up in the air when you sing that the windows go up and down;
- Gently open and close his arms when you sing that the doors open and close; or
- Gently touch you’re his nose when you sing that the horn beeps.
- Repeat the song many times so your child can learn the words and the movements.
- As your child gets older, pause while you sing (leave out one of the words) and allow your child to sing them.
- Sing to your baby everyday. Sing lots of different songs to your baby. Make up silly songs to familiar tunes. Help your baby clap his hands or let him shake a rattle as you sing.
- Help your toddler to sing songs during the day. For example, help her sing the “A-B-C Song” every time she washes her hands. On a walk, help her sing “Old MacDonald.” At bedtime, help her sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
- Play “Song Games” with your toddler. Try singing “Ring around the Rosy” and help him go around in a circle and fall down at the right time.
- Language & Literacy involves:
- Speaking clearly.
- Asking and answering questions.
- Paying attention to and listening to people and stories.
- Following directions.
- Showing an interest in books.
- Learning about sounds in words.
- Recognizing letters and numbers.
- Drawing pictures and trying to write and copy letters.
When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.