What to do with this activity?
Babies love to be surprised - it can make them laugh out loud.
Put a funny puppet on your hand or hold out their favourite soft toy. Wiggle your hand around, then suddenly move in and tickle your baby saying "Gotcha" with a big smile on your face. Your baby will love it and want you to do it over and over.
Your baby will watch your face and anticipate your sudden move and the "gotcha" moment. It's great social interaction, builds trust and is fun.
Of course, make sure it's not frightening, and always be gentle.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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