“Little Baby Bum” and Me
When my Netflix account appears on screen, do you know what my shows up as my favorite show? “Little Baby Bum”! Why? My two youngest granddaughters, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, just love this show! Yes, it’s TV, but these nursery rhyme videos are both educational and entertaining.
My favorite show is a result of letting the girls watch the show as a distraction so I can get them to eat their “non-favorite” foods. While we watch the show together, we sing, laugh and “fly the food” right into their mouths. Even vegetables get past them when “Baby Bum” is on! Getting them to eat their veggies is the short-term goal but knowing that teaching children nursery rhymes can help them become better readers. This makes some TV time OK with me.
Why do kids need nursery rhymes?
- Speech articulation – When singing nursery rhymes, we naturally speak more clearly and slowly. Slowing down our speech helps children learn words. This slower pace allows children to see how we form our mouth when making words, thus helping their articulation.
- Perfect first stories – Nursery rhymes are short and therefore can be repeated multiple times. The rhyming also catches their attention and helps them complete phrases.
- Help early language development – Seeing and hearing nursery rhymes helps kids make connections with new vocabulary. The more stories and rhymes kids hear, the larger their vocabulary. As a result, they are better have better comprehension.
- Opportunities to strengthen fine motor skills and coordination – When children act out nursery rhymes, they strengthen their large and small muscles.
- Strengthen creativity – Nursery rhymes are not your “everyday happenings” in life. The stories involve characters and settings that spark a child’s imagination.
- Create a sense of community – All kids are different and therefore their experiences with stories and songs are different. However, exposing kids to common rhymes builds a sense of community. How cool, is it when 8 grandchildren, living in 3 separate states, can all tell the story of “Three Little Kittens” or Itsy, Bitsy, Spider”?
- Promote a love of books – Building a love of reading nursery rhymes can help a child transition to reading books.
Nursery rhymes are easy to repeat, easy to learn, and easy for a Gigi to remember. They can provide hours of fun for kids, parents and Gigi’s.