What to do with this activity?
There are lots of rhyme games you can play with your baby or toddler on your knee. Always be gentle and hold your child so that they are safe. Your child will hear new words, and understand ideas like "fast" and "slow". They will develop their balance and sense of rhythm. Most importantly, they are spending physically close time with you and having fun!
Try "Baby goes bumpy boo", or "Popcorn" from Intellidance (an organisation that concentrates on early childhood dance education). Click on the PDF file top right to download the words. Also, they will love "riding along" on your knee - for details click here.
Or try getting down on the floor with your baby and letting them fly on your knees, like in the picture above.
Why am I doing this?
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
How can I do more?
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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