Singing together connects and calms us all.

Why do it?

  • Singing provides a rich experience — tune, rhythm, harmony, movement, language and culture — all enhancing the development of connections in baby’s brain.
  • Singing is also a fun way of repeating an experience, which makes brain pathways stronger.
  • Singing releases endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones), which benefit baby and whānau.
  • When whānau sing with baby it strengthens their relationship

How to do it

You could have a sing along… in the car, in the bath, before or after meals, in bed, when the ads are on. When else?

  • Songs with actions: Incy Wincy Spider, The Hokey Tokey, The Wheels on the Bus, Row Row Row Your Boat
  • Other well known songs: Twinkle Twinkle, Old McDonald, Baa-Baa Black Sheep, Six in a Bed, How Much is That Doggy in the Window?
  • Make up songs: Pick a tune and sing about your day! E.g. “Today I woke up and it was sunny! Then we ate some cereal and it was yummy!”

What other songs can you sing along to?

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