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Hey there! I wanted to share with you a fun parenting activity that you can do with your kids. It’s called the “Teddy Bear Rhyme,” and it’s part of a larger set of activities called “I love you rituals”. These rituals are designed to help you stay connected with your child through songs, rhymes, and touch-play activities.
We use play in these rituals because it’s how kids learn and develop. They feel safe and attentive while having fun, which is why it’s a great way to shower them with love and adoration.
The Teddy Bear Rhyme is one of many fun rhymes and games you can do with your child. It involves gently tracing your finger in a circle around your child’s palm, walking your fingers up their arm, and then tickling them under their chin, under their arm, or on their tummy.
But the benefits of these rituals go beyond just having fun. They can actually help optimize your child’s brain for success at school and in life, increase their learning potential and effectiveness through touch, create loving rituals that hold families together even through the rough times and strengthen the bond between adults and children, which insulates children from drugs, violence, and peer pressure.
Best of all, these rituals don’t take a lot of time but give you special moments with your children. So, if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to connect with your child, give the Teddy Bear Rhyme and other “I love you rituals” a try
Teddy Bear Rhyme
Round and round the garden, like a Teddy Bear.
(gently trace finger in a circle around child’s palm)
One step, two step
(walk your fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle you under there!
(tickle under chin, under arm, or tummy)
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