What to do with this activity?
A baby's first smile is a special moment! It usually happens when they are about 2 months old - but of course every child is different.
A smile is an expression of joy or amusement, and we know that smiling is very good for us. Smiling is infectious - if you smile at your baby they will want to smile back at you.
If you are feeling a bit down it's important to still communicate positively with your baby. It's worth trying a trick that some scientific studies say makes you feel better - a fake smile. Shaping your mouth in a smile sends positive messages to the brain. Have a look at this youtube video "Make yourself happier using only a pencil" from the BBC.
For ideas on how to make your baby smile look here.
Why am I doing this?
Sharing stories play an important role in a child’s development. They not only help children learn language and reading skills but they also have an emotional quality which can help children make sense of their feelings. Reading to babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, will help make the most of this opportunity. Recognising shapes will help your child to learn to read later on.
How can I do more?
The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – five minutes can be enough. Just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.
Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
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