Babies
The Birth of a Book Habit


Singing Activities


  • The old Mother Goose nursery rhymes can seem a little uncool, but they’re classics for a reason. “What’s wonderful about Mother Goose is the rhythm and the rhyme,” Morrison says. The classic rhymes also contain all kinds of unique and unusual vocabulary (tuffet, anyone?), which is great for your child’s cognitive and verbal development. A child's receptive understanding of language starts long before their expressive language, so we want to use as many opportunities as possible to immerse them in language.
  • Use or Make shakers by putting a small amount of dried rice, beans, metal bolts, sand, or pebbles in empty plastic bottles. Glue the caps securely to the bottles. Reinforce them by covering the caps with masking tape. Let the infants explore the different sounds made by the shakers. Sing the song:
    • Shake it high (hold the bottle overhead), Shake it low (hold the bottle by the feet), Shake it, shake it, shake it, Watch us go (shake it as you turn around) Repeat the song replacing high/low with fast/slow and front/back.
  • Singing a lullaby while rocking a baby stimulates early language development, promotes attachment, and supports an infant’s growing spatial awareness as the child experiences her body moving in space.
  • Here’s a list of Nursery Rhymes.
  • Skills Learned: Develops auditory discrimination.


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