What to do with this activity?
Repeat sounds that your baby makes, back to your baby. For example, say “bang, bang” if they are banging the table.
Turn sounds you hear into words. For example, say "woof" or "dog" if you hear a dog barking.
Listen together and name the sounds you hear around you. For example, when you are indoors you might hear -
1. The tap running - so say "water" or "the tap is on".
2. There's music on the radio - so say "music" or "radio" or sing along.
3. The washing machine is spinning - so say "the clothes are spinning in the washing machine" or "round and round".
Use every opportunity to talk with your baby about what is going on. That way they will be learning new words all the time.
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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