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Action songs are wonderful because they allow your baby to join in before she has developed the ability to sing along. Your baby will be doing actions to ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ long before she can talk.  You may even find that she will sign words when she sees things that remind her of the songs. The son of one of our experts Alice Maclaine used to do the wiper action whenever he saw a red double-decker bus in London – a lovely example of how babies are keen to communicate and share things with their parents.

Mimicking and rehearsing movements

Action songs are also great because they are physical and your baby will love to sit in your lap as you do the actions with her. You can even go to a singing class, which will help your baby learn as she sees other parents and babies doing the same thing. Neuroscientists have hypothesised that ‘mirror neurones’ are stimulated when we see other people performing physical actions. This, coupled with performing the actions with an adult, helps develop coordination.

Rhythm and co-ordination

Action songs are a good example of how physical development isn’t just about sitting, crawling and walking, it’s also about coordination and rhythm.

Action songs promote development

Development is complex: it’s rarely just physical or just verbal, for example. Developmental milestones usually involve a mixture of things bundled together. You can sing these songs and learn the movements along with your baby and a whole social group, if you join a class. It will encourage her movement, coordination, singing and ability to share experiences with others.

Action songs promote bonding

Your baby loves to be in your lap and listening to your voice, whether you’re sharing a book or singing an action song. During an action song your baby has your undivided attention and will be thrilled to be spending energetic, enthusiastic time with you.

Actions songs to sing with your baby

‘Wind the bobbin up’

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up,

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap. 

Wind it back again,

Wind it back again.

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap.

Point to the window and point to the door. 

Point to the ceiling and point to the floor

Clap your hands together, one, two, three,

Put your hands upon your knee. 

 

 

‘The Wheels On The Bus’ 

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round. 

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all day long. 

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish, all day long.

The doors on the bus they open and shut,

Open and shut, open and shut. 

The doors on the bus they open and shut all day long. 

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep, all day long. 

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round. 

The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long.

You can add your own funny, personal actions and characters, eg, ‘the daddies on the bus go chatter, chatter, chatter…’

 

‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are. 

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky. 

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are. 

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