Prep: None / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Babies love to hear their own names! Try substituting your child’s name in simple nursery rhymes to build pre-reading skills like phonological awareness.

Step 1:   Sing the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, to your baby. 

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow. 

Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went

Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. 

Step 2:  Sing the nursery rhyme again, this time substituting your child’s name for Mary. 

Step 3:  If your baby is interested and engaged, sing again!