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Your baby or toddler won't be as involved in Halloween celebrations as older children, but will be fascinated by the new and exciting things happening around them. Talk about Halloween symbols that you see around you, and about the preparations that you are making.
Enjoy two Halloween songs that you can learn from youtube videos.
Click here for a song about Five little monsters (they are ghosts as far as I can see) jumping on a bed. Use your child's fingers or toes to do the counting. Bounce them up and down on their cot if you like.
Click here for a gentle pumpkin song and video, Pumpkin pumpkin, where a pumpkin is given eyes, nose and a (not too) scary smile to make him into a Jack-o-lantern. When you sing it, point to their eyes, nose and mouth.
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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