Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Active"ate Your Baby’s Brain Development

Active songs and rhymes can help your baby’s brain build strong pathways and connections! Use active songs and rhymes to nurture your motor development, language development, and social attachment.

Motor Development
— help with motor development and muscle control

Language Development
— brain patterns are created to speak, listen, read and write

Social Attachment
— fun for both you and your baby

Your baby will begin to imitate you and communicate more effectively using gestures. Also, their memory will improve.

Here are some rhymes for you to try at home:

Jack and Jill

Hold your baby up and then bring them down when you say those words in the nursery rhyme.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Jack in the Box
Hold your baby close as you whisper this poem. When you get to the words, "yes he will!" gently make your baby 'jump' up from your lap.

Jack in the Box
Sit so still;
Will he come out?
Yes he will!

Can you think of any other rhymes or songs that can be active for infants or young children?

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