- Rhymes, especially nursery rhymes, help babies learn sounds.
- Songs have different notes for each syllable, which helps babies hear all the sounds in words. Sing throughout the day—while diapering or bathing your baby and making meals.
- Gently bounce your baby as you sing and rhyme.
- Read stories and sing songs that allow your child to hear and make animal sounds.
- Babbling with babies encourages them to make and explore new sounds.
- Read books with lots of rhymes and recite nursery rhymes.
- Have fun making animal sounds.
- Dance while you sing with your toddler.
- Play with silly nonsense words—cat, sat, rat, nat, zat...
- Clap the syllables of your toddler's name. When they become good at this, do the same with names of siblings, pets and friends.
- Read books with the words that have the same beginning sounds like Silly Sally by Audrey Wood.
- Play "I Spy" by looking at an object and thinking of a word that rhymes with it: "I spy something black that rhymes with sat. What is it?" "CAT!"
- Sing songs and dance, clap, hop and skip to music with your preschooler.
- Have fun reading books that rhyme. Then make up your own rhymes!
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