We love nursery rhymes at Toddler Sense, but why are they so important for babies & young children?
Music is made up of rhythmic patterns which makes it easier for children to recognise. Children will automatically move to the rhythm or beat of the music, and by reinforcing this skill by using music to support our activities will develop a Childs cognitive abilities from an early age.
So why sing nursery rhymes?
Well nursery rhymes are probably going to be your babies first experience with words. They are so important as they help develop an ear for language and will encourage their vocabulary and numeracy skills. When you link words with actions such as those in nursery rhymes it will strengthen your childs movement, concentration, memory, rhythm and motor skills.
So when do I start singing nursery rhymes?
From birth! the sooner you can start singing to your baby the better. Babies are constantly looking at faces and will soon learn the differences in facial expressions and your tone of voice. When your baby is small, singing to them will create a lovely bond and help to regulate their emotions. As they grow, repetitive nursery rhymes with actions will help your baby to learn musically, verbally, visually, and physically. They also increase body awareness, coordination and control.
Here is a list of Nursery Rhymes with actions
Round and Round the Garden • Pat-a-cake • Head and Shoulders • Row your Boat • Humpty Dumpty • Tommy Thumb • Twinkle, Twinkle • Wheels on the Bus • Ring-a-roses • Here We go Round the Mulberry Bush • London Bridge is Falling Down • Old MacDonald had a Farm • Five Little Ducks went Swimming One Day • Wind the Bobbin Up • Five Little Speckled Frogs • Ten Fat Sausages • The Grand Old Duke of York
These songs are perfect for babies and toddlers of any age. The actions will strengthen and develop their
Build a sense of rhythm
Memorise speech patterns through repetition
Mirror actions such as clapping, patting, stamping
Learn new words
Recognise repeated sound patterns
Establish a sense of order (mathematical reasoning)
Develop a love of books and stories
Understand the culture in which they live.
Repetition is key in the development of young children and singing nursery rhymes to your child will provide them with a solid learning base which will grow and flourish as they start school and begin to read.
Check out some of the songs we use in class on Spotify. We have a Baby Sensory & Toddler Sense playlist!