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Alice Maclaine
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Child development and education expert. Qualified Montessori teacher and children’s yoga teacher – including children with special needs.
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Stage 4 – 9 months

Action songs – fun with your baby

Action songs, where you and your baby perform actions along with a song or a rhyme, are perfect for babies because they allow your baby to take part in music and songs before she can speak. In fact, they promote social bonding, imitation, language, coordination and rhythm which is probably why they are so popular with both babies and parents.
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Singing in a circle allows babies to see the actions whilst they sit on their parent's lap and have help with the actions.

Babies learn better when they use their whole body and you will find that your baby may sign those words when she's chatting to you.

Actions songs promote the bond between baby and parent.

Neuroscientists have hypothesised that ‘mirror neurons’ are stimulated when we see other people performing physical actions, this coupled with performing the actions with a parent helps develop coordination.

Action songs help your baby to develop their coordination and rhythm.

Singing action songs with your baby

Action songs are perfect for babies because they allow your baby to take part before she can sing. Your baby will begin to copy your actions to songs like ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider,’ ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘The Wheels On The Bus,’ long before she can talk.

Singing in a circle allows the babies to see the actions whilst they sit in your lap and have help with the actions

Babies learn better when they use their whole body and you will find that your baby may sign those words when they chatting to you. Our Montessori teacher Alice Maclaine’s baby boy used to do the wiper action from ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ whenever he saw a red bus in London – a fabulous example of how babies are designed to communicate and share moments with their parents. Actions songs promote the bond between baby and parent

Your baby loves to sit in your lap and listening to you sing and feel you move them to the actions. During an action song, your baby has your complete attention and will love spending energetic, enthusiastic time with you.

Action songs are perfect for babies because they allow your baby to take part before she can sing. Your baby will begin to copy your actions to songs like ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider,’ ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ long before she can talk.

Singing in a circle allows the babies to see the actions whilst they sit in your lap and have help with the actions

Babies learn better when they use their whole body and you will find that your baby may sign those words when they chatting to you. Our Montessori teacher Alice Maclaine’s baby boy used to do the wiper action from ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ whenever he saw a red bus in London – a fabulous example of how babies are designed to communicate and share moments with their parents.

Actions songs promote the bond between baby and parent

Your baby loves to sit in your lap and listening to you sing and feel you move them to the actions. During an action song, your baby has your complete attention and will love spending energetic, enthusiastic time with you.

Copying and mirror neurons

The physical movements in action songs ‘teaches’ your baby do the movements themselves. Neuroscientists have hypothesised that ‘mirror neurons’ are stimulated when we see other people performing physical actions, this coupled with performing the actions with a parent helps develop coordination.

Coordination and rhythm

Actions songs are a good example of how physical development requires coordination and rhythm.

Action songs promote all development – physical, social, language and cognitive development!

Development is rarely just one type, physical or mental, it’s usually a mixture of skills. You can sing action songs and learn the movements with your baby and a whole group. It will encourage their movement, coordination, singing and sharing experiences with others. Lovely action songs to do with your baby

There are lots of lovely baby and toddler groups where you can sit in a circle with other parents and babies and sing songs.

Lovely action songs to do with your baby

There are lots of lovely baby and toddler groups where you can sit in a circle with other parents and babies and sing songs.

Here are Essential Parent’s favourite action songs:

Incy Wincy Spider
Incy Wincy spider climbing up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain
And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again
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.
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.

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