The song, "The Farmer in the Dell" has been enjoyed by children for generations. Try 'tweaking' the words and sing when you want to encourage your child to put toys away.
"The Farmer in the Dell, The Farmer in the Dell,
Hi Ho a Derry-O
The Farmer in the Dell.
The books go on the shelf, the books go on the shelf
Hi Ho a Derry-O, the books go on the shelf.
The blocks go in the bin," etc.
Children love to help around the house! Show your child how to use a small dustpan and broom for cleaning off crumbs on the small table. Have a waste can close by to dispose of the crumbs. Keep these handy for your child to use. The earlier house chores are introduced to your child, the more likely they will be accepted and become a habit.
Enjoy being creative with your child today. Pour some washable paint in a bowl. Take a fruit or vegetable, cut it in a half, and dip it in the bowl. "Stamp" the fruit or vegetable on a large sheet of paper to create a fun craft. Print the name of the fruit or vegetable under each painting.
There are times that toys are strewn throughout the house and it's time to 'Clean Up.' Try the lyrics to the tune:
"Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Clean Up.
Clean Up, Clean Up, Put Your Things Away."
Set a hand held timer in the room and see if the room is cleaned up before the timer sounds.
Children love to hear your voice! Try making up a song for your child today. Remember, your child doesn't care about the quality of your voice or what you sing. Your child simply loves to hear you sing! Sing this simple tune with your child, using his/her name: "Timmy claps with two hands, two hands, two hands. Timmy claps with two hands all day long. Timmy moves just one foot one foot, one foot", etc.
Children may enjoy hearing their voice and seeing themselves when they are much older. Make a video of your child on your iPad. Begin in the morning when your child awakes and continue throughout the day. The video/ DVD will be a priceless keepsake for all of you.
Children love to see family photos! Select some of your favorite photos and laminate them. Have your child help you punch a hole in each photo and place them in a ring holder. Your child will love taking these along in the car or have available in the play room. Help your child to point to each family member as you name each one.
Your child loves copying you. Seat your child facing you on the floor. Clap your hands 3 times, then repeat. Now sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus," saying your child's name.
Marie's little hands go clap, clap clap,
clap, clap, clap
clap, clap, clap
You move your little hands
and go clap, clap, clap,
clap your little hands.
Repeat for waving: Marie's little hand waves bye, bye, bye.
Your child will soon clap and wave along with you.