- Play musical recordings or instruments for your child. Give your baby a rattle or jingle bell to play along! Not only does music help children feel safe and ready to learn, it also develops spatial-temporal reasoning and higher-level cognitive abilities, such as using imagination, tolerating ambiguity, and understanding differing concepts.
- Look for board books that are adapted from a popular nursery rhyme or song and sing the book to your baby. Your librarian is happy to help you find some great titles!
- Clap or tap on your baby’s palm while singing or saying a rhyme – one syllable per tap! This self-regulated movement increases focused learning, develops motor skills, and improves memory.
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