Use hand actions for your favorite rhyme or song, or make up your own. Face your child and hold their hands so they mirror you. Vary your tone of voice from high to low and use a big, expressive way of speaking or singing.
Help your child recognize patterns and familiar words by singing simple songs with lots of repetition or rhymes. Can’t remember one? Make up you own! Encourage them to join in by repeating the words or by adding their own ideas.
During meal or snacktime, create a rhyme or a rap about what your child is eating: “No slice, no dice, we eat rice!” or “You’re no rookie, eating your cookie.” They’ll enjoy the sound of the words and if they respond, make rhymes from their words too.
Have your child choose a topic for a story, like “cat.” Make the topic into a magic word by adding an action like clapping. Then you tell a story and every time they hear the magic word they clap. To make it harder, add another magic word and action to the story. Take turns. Let… Continue reading Make a topic into a magic word