Here’s a fun way to add a sensory element to a favorite nursery rhyme! Using the classic Ride-a-Cock-Horse as inspiration, I threaded small jingle bells onto a silver ribbon for Veronika. Make sure to secure these tightly, either by knotting the ribbon once finished or even sewing the bells on so no bells can come loose. This is especially true if your baby tends to put things in his or her mouth.
As I recited the rhyme, I jingled the bells for her.
Touch them to your baby’s fingers on the word “fingers” and toes on the word “toes” as you go through the rhyme:
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
to see a fine lady upon a white horse.
With rings on her fingers
and bells on her toes
she shall have music wherever she goes.
We also turned this into a bouncy lap ride. Have fun playing around with the lyrics as your little once bounces on your knee and listens to the bells. Since Veronika was all in pink today, our horse was a pink horse instead of a white one!
You can also substitute your baby’s name for the word “lady”.