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When you sing, you slow down your speech. This helps your child hear the smaller sounds in words, learn syllables and develop vocabulary. Singing also helps develop listening and memory skills.

Singing together is a fun bonding experience - whether you're a good singer or not.


Things to Do

Sing nursery rhymes and "real" songs.

Make up your own songs about what you're doing, like getting dressed, taking a bath, etc.

Teach your child rhymes and fingerplays and repeat them often.

Read these picture books with songs.


Books to Read

Use the books mentioned here to sing familiar rhymes or songs with your child. Reserve all of them all.

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Down by the Station - Will Hillenbrand
In this version of a familiar song, baby animals ride to the children's zoo on the zoo train. Printed music on last page.

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Five Little Ducks - Raffi
When her five little ducks disappear one by one, Mother Duck sets out to find them.

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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! - Karen Beaumont
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

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I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
A predictable story in which brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.


Watch a Fingerplay

StoryBlocks shares fun and easy songs and rhymes you can sing with your baby or toddler.


Watch Songs & Fingerplays

Reading is Fundamental performs various songs and fingerplays that even the most tone-deaf of parents can sing with their kids.


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