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In most homes, socks disappear and you are left with a single sock out of a pair. Here's a link that will show you how to turn a single sock into a sock puppet for your child. When you put the puppet on your hand and add the voice and the movements it will turn into a character of your choice. Make sure your sock puppet turns into a friendly rather than a frightening character.
A puppet can hold the attention of a child that might normally be difficult to engage. It can become a little friend to share moments of joy or sadness with, or have a laugh with. It can help your child to communicate. When a child is spell-bound by a puppet they can learn without even realising.
This video shows just how expressive and fun sock puppets can be.
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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