One of the first things we did when Lily began therapy almost two years ago was go right back to basics. We filled her world with animal and silly sounds in an effort to encourage her to mimic or make a sound in return. I pulled out every book we had that had animals in it, used our flash cards and searched for new books and games that would help us on our journey. Truthfully, it was great for my already well-developed book obsession.
Lily has progressed beautifully through her therapy and can now make a whole farmload of animal sounds, yet I still find myself getting excited whenever I come across a book that would have helped her through the beginning months of therapy. More excited still when the book also lends itself to baby sign language.
This morning, while working at a beautiful local baby store, I came across a book by DK Publishing, Inc., called Animal Talk. It’s a large board book with lift up flaps for baby and it provides opportunities for being silly and making lots of noise. It also compliments your adventures with baby sign language showing animals that are included in the mocobabies’ flash card set (substituting ‘bird’ for parrot).
Our flash cards are a fun aid, helping you play and sign with baby but don’t forget to use your voice! The wonderful thing about baby sign language is that you’re building their verbal vocabulary while giving them the opportunity to communicate back before they’re developmentally able to speak.
Looking at and reading books to baby is a great way to integrate sign and verbal language.
We didn’t create the flash cards, or any of our products, with the intent of making your baby smarter or to be used as a testing / memorization tool to prove how much your baby knows. We designed them with fun in mind. We manufactured them so you could play with and start a conversation with baby.
Use the animal cards to make animal sounds, say the word, sign the word, name them, make up stories about their wild adventures (I heard that Martha Pig recently slipped while dancing to her favourite song and fell into a huge mud puddle. She wasn’t hurt but was more than a little embarrassed) and, most importantly, have fun.
Pull out a book like Animal Talk and play matching the cards to the animal on the page.
Fill their world with giggles, encouragement, verbal language and sign. Having fun is the best way for baby to learn.
If you’re local to the Owen Sound, ON area, drop by Sweetpea Wholesome Baby where both our flash cards and Animal Talk are available.