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Tips for sharing songs and rhymes

There’s no right or wrong way to share songs and rhymes – the most important thing is to have fun together. Here are some tips to get you started, but see what works best for you and your family.

Mum and toddler singing together

Getting Started

It’s very normal to feel silly when you first start to share songs and rhymes with your little one. The most important thing to remember is that you have the best voice for your child. Your child will never judge your singing ability – they will be delighted that you’re spending the time singing, dancing and having fun with them.

You could try using songs and rhymes throughout the day as a way to establish your routines. Gentle tickling rhymes like 'This Little Piggy' are good at nappy changing time and songs like 'Five Little Ducks' are perfect for bath time.

If your baby is feeling sleepy or restless then a calming song may help to settle them. And if it’s time for play, you could start with some action-packed songs that get little ones moving about and active.

Whatever you’re looking for, find inspiration for songs and rhymes to share with your little one in our Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library. You can also download our free app to share songs and rhymes on the go, look up the words or make up your own songs or rhymes to our instrumental versions.

Tips for sharing songs and rhymes

Making songs and rhymes part of your everyday routine is one of the easiest but most important ways to help your baby learn and develop. Here are a few top tips to keep in mind:

Video What should we sing with young children?

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Making songs and rhymes multi-sensory

Adding multi-sensory elements to songs and rhymes can make them even more engaging for children, particularly those with sensory impairments, learning difficulties or other additional needs.

Find more ways to bring songs and rhymes to life with sensory elements in our resource for families and practitioners.