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"Mahna mahna" is a nonsense song that appeared on the TV puppet show "Sesame Street" and became a real favourite with kids. Have a look at the video of the song together - your toddler might really enjoy it. When they get to know it, maybe they could copy the "mahna mahna" bit of the song and then you could reply with "do doo be-do-do". It should make you both laugh. Surprise them by popping up at funny angles when you say your line like the character in the video.
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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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