Oranges and Lemons

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    Oranges and Lemons

    With the help of this activity learning food will be funny and yummy. Your little one will like it very much and he will quickly remember the words.

    Take all the food from the song and teach them: oranges and lemons, strawberries and pears, sour-cream and bananas, bread and watermelon.

    Take a bell and ring it. Say: This is a bell. The bell is saying ding-dong. Give your baby the bell and let her ring it, while you are saying: The bell is saying ding-dong.

    Then start singing the song showing the food.

    This is a traditional song and you can vary it for your infant as you wish depending on what your baby likes the most:

    “Oranges and lemons” say the balls of St. Bells of St. Clement’s,
    “Strawberries and pears” say the Bells of St. Martin’s,
    “Sour-cream and bananas” say the Bells of Stepney,
    “Bread and watermelon” say the Great Bells of Bow.

    You should know

    – Enjoy and have fun tasting, smelling and exploring the textures of the fruits and food.

    – The song helps develop your baby’s imagination.

    – It is important to sing to your baby a lot. Sing and enjoy yourself. You don’t need to be a professional singer.
    You can dance or hold your baby in your arms for her to feel rhythm.

    – The rhythmical song helps baby develop phonemic pre-reading awareness.

    – Between 6 and 9 months a baby continues to experiment with vocalization and also imitates high and low pitches as the adult sings high and low. By eleven months, the infant uses strings of sounds with the melody and intonation patterns of the language. By 18 months the average infant is speaking and also ready to sing although he can only imitate pitch from around the age of three.

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