Sing with me

Babies love songs and rhymes because they love listening to the adult’s different tone of voice. Rhymes and songs help teach babies and toddlers about rhythm, rhyme and sequencing, all skills needed for talking, reading and learning.

Try rhymes with actions and build-up anticipation and excitement, such as “Round-and-round the garden”. Use gestures, actions and mimes that go along with the song. These can really help a child's talking and listening skills to develop.

CDs are often too fast for young children to follow and join in with, so try singing the songs again after they have finished.

Try the songs and rhymes on our website or ask your health visitor or Children’s Centre staff for a free songs and rhymes booklet. Come along to your local Childrens’ Centre or library groups to learn more songs and rhymes to try at home.