Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Infant Stimulation Activity 59: pat-a-cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, pat it, mark it with a ‘b’, put it in the oven for baby and me!

Playing pat-a-cake integrates rhythm, movement, and touch. It’s the perfect introduction to your baby that the senses are connected.

It is best to start with baby laying on her back since you are going to be using your hands. Sing the song and pat touch her hands, even if they are still in fists. When it comes to the rolling part use her arms to ‘roll it’ and clap her hands together to ‘pat it’.

The more often you do this activity the more familiar your baby will become with the pattern of the song. Over time you will start to see her uncurling her hands, anticipating what comes next, and eventually trying to reach up to meet your hands. It is a delight for baby and her senses for sure!

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