Choose some books that focus on sounds. For example, the Dr. Seuss books can lead to lots of chanting and fun with sounds—but don’t let the author do all the work. Invite the child to supply the last word of each rhyme. Follow the model the book provides and make some silly rhymes that are special for each child.

Make up your own games with rhyming words, silly sounds, and chants, like this one:

Ba Be Bi Bo Bu-dle-oo-dle-oo!

Ba Be Bi Bo Bu-dle-oo-dle-oo!

If the words sound crazy, don’t be lazy daisy

Ba Be Bi Bo Bu-dle-oo-dle-oo!

Have fun creating new verses by substituting different consonants for the letter B. If the child’s name is Sam, use “his” letter: Sa Se Si So Su-dle-oo-dle-oo!

Or try this traditional song made famous by the children’s performer, Raffi.

Apples and Bananas

I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas.

I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas.

I like to ate ate ate aypuls and baynaynays.

I like to ate ate ate aypuls and baynaynays.

I like to eet eet eet eeples and beeneenees

I like to eet eet eet eeples and beeneenees

I like to ote ote ote opples and bononos.

I like to ote ote ote opples and bononos.

I like to ute ute ute upples and bununus.

I like to ute ute ute upples and bununus.



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