Today, I played a little game with Veronika involving the classic rhyme Pat-a-Cake, but in subtly new ways.
First, I sat her on my lap. Instead of clapping my hands, this time I clapped hers along to the first verse. As a reminder, say:
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll ’em and roll ’em and mark ‘e with a B…
(Here, I rolled her arms, and then traced a little B in her palm. Alternatively, trace the first letter of your child’s name).
And toss ’em in the oven for baby and me.
Point to your child on the word ‘baby’, of course, and to yourself on ‘me’.
Then I lay her on her back and repeated these motions with her feet, clapping them together, cycling her legs, and tracing the B onto a little foot.
She loved it!
For a little extra baker’s fun, I gave her a toy bowl and rubber spatula to play with.
Mixing up a familiar nursery rhyme in subtle ways like this is great for baby’s brain. Or as an alternative, don’t forget to seek out new rhymes!