Let’s face it, before you had your baby, you hadn’t recited a nursery rhyme in more than a decade. Now, your little guy gushes every time you sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider or Wheels on the Bus. Want to mix up your repertoire, but don’t remember the words to Pop Goes the Weasel or Five Little Speckled Frogs? Start here. Your baby will thank you!
Let a Sweet Set of Blocks Jog Your Memory
A nice set of wooden blocks is a baby toy staple anyway, so choose this Mother Goose-inspired set from Uncle Goose. The Nursery Rhyme 28 block set features etched drawings along with the words to several classics. Later, once your child can read, we bet he’ll have a blast building towers as he sings his favorite tunes. Get a set from unclegoose.com for $41.
Frequent Your Local Storytime
Chances are your local library hosts a storytime just for babies. And if you go, the librarian will likely lead you and the other parents through a few fingerplays and nursery rhymes. Bonus: You and your baby may make a new friend or two in the process.
Make Your Own Flashcards
Stacy over at the blog Things to Share and Remember created an amazing set of printable nursery rhyme and fingerplay cards. Print them out and you’ll have the words and fingerplay motions ready the next time you want to play with Baby. The 50-rhyme strong collection includes everything from Apple Tree to Open Shut Them to Little Bunny Foo Foo.
Buy a Book
No time for DIY? Check out a book when you’re at that library storytime or buy a comprehensive collection for your little one’s bookshelf. Try the beautifully illustrated A Children’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, which features 22 tried and true tales, including Little Boy Blue and Little Miss Muffet. It’s sure to be a favorite for years to come. Get it on amazon.com for $9.32.
There’s an App for That
You’ll find lots of apps featuring nursery rhymes. Try Nursery Rhymes Free, which links you to YouTube videos for more than 100 favorites and includes lyrics for you to read along with. Get it on itunes.com. Once your baby is older, try Fisher Price’s free Storybook Rhymes, which she’ll love watching and listening to. Get it on play.google.com.
What nursery rhyme does your baby love? Share your favorites in a Comment.