Feeling kind of silly dancing around your living room and sing songing the same rhymes over and over? According to smplkids.org these are just a few of the many benefits of sharing songs and rhymes with your baby/child:
~Sharing songs and rhymes is an excellent way for parents to spend time with their children and share in the joy of childhood.
~Rhymes are portable playthings. You can use these rhymes and songs anytime and anyplace.
~The more you say the rhymes with your child, the quicker language will become part of your child’s life and speech, providing valuable preparation for learning to read.
~Children learn best by doing things, and their favorite “toy” is you.
~Singing songs is a good way to help your child hear syllables in words.
~Children enjoy movements that go along with some of the songs and rhymes. Exaggerate the movements, make silly faces, clap in rhythm, and show your child that you enjoy playing with them.
I use my brain to think, think, think. (touch head)
I use my nose to smell. (touch nose)
I use my eyes to blink, blink, blink. (touch eyes).
I use my throat to YELL. (touch throat and yell word)
I use my mouth to giggle, giggle, giggle. (touch mouth)
I use my hips to bump. (touch hips)
I use my toes to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. (touch toes)
And I use my legs to jump. (jump)
From "500 Five Minute Games" by Jackie Silberg