Reasons to Enjoy Nursery Rhymes with Children
Ready to combine fun and boost your child’s language-learning skills? It’s time for some nursery rhymes! Nursery rhymes for children combine short poems and often have hand motions that go along. Pair that with a memorable melody, and you have a recipe for an enjoyable tradition. Nursery rhymes are popular with youngsters around the world! We know you love your child and want to make him or her happy while resting and playing. Here are a couple of reasons that reading these short stories to your baby or toddler is such a great idea (and some great songs that’ll get you started!).
Popular Melodies for Babies
Soft songs are great for newborns. You can sing to your child from the moment he or she is born. Some favorites are “Rock-a-bye Baby,” “Hush, Little Baby” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” They all combine slow tempos and whispered lyrics that soothe sleepy infants.
Good Choices for Toddlers
Some songs that provide lots of opportunities for kids to participate are “Five Little Monkeys,” “The Hokey Pokey,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” Encourage them to clap their hands, say the words, make the animal sounds and have some fun. Bath time and riding in the car are great moments for singing together.
Sing Them to Sleep
As you’re trying to help newborns get to sleep, a soothing nursery rhyme paired with your soft voice is often enough to do the trick. Although babies don’t understand the words just yet, they do feel your loving tone and affectionate expression. Plus, if you match the rhythmic verses to the timing of a rocking motion, they’ll (hopefully!) fall asleep even easier. Keep a rocking chair in their nursery to let you rest your legs and cradle your baby at the same time.
Even if you have a busy schedule, setting aside a specific moment before bedtime for short stories creates deep bonds between parents and children. They see your face every night before bed, which calms them down and makes kids feel safe. Additionally, it’s something they eagerly look forward to as they grow up.
Stimulate Their Minds
When you share nursery rhymes with your kids, they learn language skills faster. They start to recognize sounds and associate them with images and concepts. In fact, some studies suggest that singing and reading even have an effect on unborn babies who are still developing, and this can help your child learn to read faster as he or she enters kindergarten.
Teach Toddlers the ABCs
After a couple of years, kids start to grasp certain concepts like numbers and letters. Nursery rhymes for toddlers are an easy way to give them a head start on their education. Many kids might already know the sounds even before they associate them with the symbols. As a result, their brains’ speech centers get a lot of practice. A few rhymes to teach toddlers are “The ABC Song,” “B-I-N-G-O” and “This Old Man.” To make it more fun, try replacing the letters in “B-I-N-G-O” with your son’s or daughter’s name. True, you might have to stretch the melody a bit, but you’re guaranteed to get a smile.
Make It Hands On
It’s so important to have lots of physical contact with your children. Some rhymes, such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” are practically begging you to tickle your kids! As you act out the scene with your hands, they learn to do the same thing. It isn’t long before children follow along with the songs, making gestures of their own.