Singing nursery and action rhymes with your child is a fun and really important way of supporting their speech and language development. Try to sing the same songs on a daily basis so that your child gets to know the tune and words. Sing in the bath, in the car, walking down the road etc.
It’s also fun to accompany the song with a shaker/tambourine/drum or clapping. If you don’t have these you can use a saucepan and wooden spoon or beads in a jar etc.
Dance, sway, clap, stamp your feet and skip alongside the music. Encourage your child to join in with you. Music with a strong beat is best.
When your child is familiar with a nursery rhyme, miss out the end rhyming word or say the wrong word (e.g. ‘Humpty dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ……’ or ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ball’). See if your child can fill in the missing word or correct the mistake.
Read short poems and picture books that have a rhyming story. Read the same ones again and again so your child gets to know them, and can start joining in the story with you.
Make up silly rhyming names to match your child’s name, or use a pair of puppets (e.g. Kim, Sim, Bim or Riley, Miley, Smiley). Encourage your child to make up rhyming strings. They do not need to make real words (e.g. sanana, banana, boggy, doggy etc.).