Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bumpin' Along

These games will help to grow the brains of infants and toddlers. Whether it’s through singing, dancing, cuddling, rocking, talking, smelling, or tasting, you can encourage the brain pathways to make new connections.

Music Activities

Bumpin' Along  Singing and moving together with a young child develops fun and bonding. We all have good memories that involved music.

Sit on the floor with your child on your lap.
Sing this popular folk song to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" as you bounce your child up and down.

Bumpin along in my little red wagon
Bumpin along in my little red wagon
Bumpin along in my little red wagon
Look out, here comes a bump!
(swing your child over to one side)

You can make up additional verses such as:
Oh, oh, the wheel is broken
Oh, oh, the axle's broken
I'm gonna get my hammer and fix it

Always end the song with the same words…look out here comes a bump!

Ideas for taking this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Sing the song and use the child’s name in the song. For example, “Betsy is riding in her little red wagon.”
For developing the idea - “Let’s pretend to ride in something different. Maybe a car or a tricycle.”
Let’s go riding in a pretty red car…etc.

For moving forward – Let’s pretend to ride on a train, or an airplane.(make up new words for the song)

Products from Discount School Supply® that I recommend:
Pull Along Zoo Animals (PULLZOO)
Toddler Movement Scarves - Set of 6 (MOOVIT)
Basic Rhythms™ Bongos (DESI)

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