For today’s blog post I would like to share a few of what we might call touch and tickle rhymes. These are great fun for all ages and physically reinforce the special bond between parent and child.
“Round and round the garden …”
Round and round the garden,
like a teddy bear,
swirl your index finger around palm of child’s hand
One step, two step,
walk fingers up child’s arm
Tickling under there!
tickle child’s underarm
This next rhyme replaces the tickle at the end with a game of hide and seek!
Touch your ears, pat your nose
Tickle baby’s little toes
Hide your eyes, ‘where are you?’
Baby’s playing Peek-a-boo!
Touching and tickling are not just about bonding and intimacy; in the early stages of development babies learn as much through the senses of touch and feel as they do through sight and sound. At Cockburn Libraries we have, within our JK board book collection, a number of textured books. Babies love to feel the different surfaces while you read to them.
This book is farm themed with names, actions and sounds of animals; and of course the interesting textures – from fluffy and furry to bumpy and scratchy.
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