Little Bo Peep Activity

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    Little Bo Peep is a famous rhyme but your baby will learn the song faster and better if you add some learning activities before singing it.

    1. Point to yourself and say that you are big Mommy. Point to the baby and say that he is little Johnny (name of your child). Then show the baby big Teddy Bear and say that he is big Teddy. Show the baby a little doll and say that she is little Bo Peep.

    2. Take your brush and say to the baby: This is my brush. Take the baby’s cup and say: This is your cup. You can play with the concepts my – your:

    – ask the baby where your brush and his cup are;
    – ask the baby to give you your brush and take his cup, etc.

    3. Having played with the brush, hide it somewhere (so that the baby sees where you put it) or cover with a scarf and say:I have lost my brush! Show the baby that you are looking for your brush and can’t find it: I don’t know where to find it!
    Now either your baby gives it to you (he had seen where you hid the brush) or you find it by yourself: Here it is!

    4. Choose toy animals with tails and examine them together with the baby: The cat has a long tail. The elephant has a short tail. Does Teddy have tail? Yes, he does, he has a short tail. Do you have a tail? Now, you have no tail! Do I have a tail? Now, I have no tail! Be sure to show a sheep to your baby, discuss its tail.

    5. To learn behind, play the game Behind My Back.

    6. Tie one ribbon around your baby’s waist and other one around your waist: Look! Now you have a tail! Now I have a tail! See me waggling my tail! Let’s waggle our tails together!

    7. Now your baby is ready to act out the song while you are singing it. Don’t worry if the baby doesn’t repeat your movements, it will take some time for him to master them.

    Little Bo Peep
    Hold your hands to the sides, palms down, for dress.

    Has lost her sheep
    Make a roof with your hands above your eyes and look around, stroke your body showing wool.

    And doesn’t know
    Hold your arms out as in asking a question.

    Where to find it.
    Make a roof with your hands above your eyes and look around.

    Here it comes home
    Point to the place in front of you with your index finger.

    Run, run, run.
    Run slowly in place.

    Wagging its tail behind it.
    Wave your arm behind your back, look behind, all the time bending knees and body slightly forward.

    Wagging its tail behind it. Wave your arm behind your back, look behind, all the
    time bending knees and body slightly forward.

    You should know

    – Your baby learns or repeats such concepts as:my-your, big-little, behind.

    – When acting out the song with your hands you are teaching your baby about sign language.

    – Multiple repetitions of rhythm and rhyme help the baby faster learn the music of his mother tongue contributing thus to his early language development.

    – You will spend lots of happy time together!

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