speaking of counting…. jovie STILL loves the song “five little monkeys”. i routinely use this as a distraction from whatever may be bothering her. we find it pretty funny that she can be mid-cry/scream/fuss & when i begin singing it, she instantly calms down. of course, when i stop at, oh, monkey #3, she fusses again. so i start again & she stops again. should i be teasing her like this for my own amusement??
other distractions she still enjoys: itsy bitsy spider, and “apples & bananas**”. she smirks when i begin with “i like toooooooo eat, eat, eat…”. which shows she may recognize it enough to anticipate it. a random thing i do to distract her is i play with my hair. i’ll comb it w/ my fingers & put it in a ponytail… she’s fascinated. not sure if the’s the hair or the hands & what they can do.
i also find it interestingly funny that she is still perplexed by my laugh. which we do more & more.
**apples & bananas is the funnest song out there. i’ve introduced it to my first graders, as well as 2 of my nieces/nephews… if you’re looking for a new fun song to sing to your wee one you should try this one. [i noticed the link only used long sounds; can use short sounds as well]