Here’s another ditty for toddlers that’s just right for both gestures and props. It might just lead to lots of solo play!
The lyrics are cute because they include many of a toddler’s favorite things:
Here’s a ball for baby, (cup hands like you’re holding a ball)
Big and soft and round.
Here is baby’s hammer (pretend to hammer)
See how she can pound.
Here is baby’s music, (clap hands!)
Clapping, clapping, so.
Here are baby’s soldiers, (wiggle all ten fingers)
Standing in a row.
Here is her umbrella, (shape arms into an umbrella)
To keep our baby dry.
Here is baby’s cradle, (pretend to rock a baby)
To rock-a-baby bye.
First, I encouraged Veronika to do all the movements and copy my motions. I was so proud of her clapping along.
This was her “umbrella”
And she loved forming a cradle.
Then it was time for the props! We trotted out balls to bounce, hammers to pound, and baby dolls to rock of course.
I caught her singing this to herself all afternoon, especially the clapping line and “rock-a-baby bye”.
This one is sure to stay a favorite.