What to do with this activity?
The most important thing you can do for your baby is to spend time talking to them gently face to face. This will help establish a bond between you. Even though your baby won't understand the words, they will watch your face, listen and respond. Very gradually, they will begin to hear the words, and much later to understand and be able to say the words.
Here's a little rhyme to say to your baby.
Where’s your nose?
Here it is. (Touch their nose and kiss it.)
I love your nose
Where’s your toe?
Here it is. (Touch their toe and kiss it.)
I love your toe
Keep going, adding a different part of the body each time - finger, ear, belly button and so on.
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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