Why Nursery Rhymes Are Important for Reading

When reading to children, one of the most popular go-to stories that parents choose to share are nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are old favorites that many parents remember from their own childhood. Many nursery rhymes are hundreds of years old, and there is a reason why these stories have stuck around and become classics. For thousands of years, even before the written word, stories were told orally and the best way to remember such stories was through song and rhyme. Putting a story to a tune, especially if the lines rhyme, helps with memory, which is why stories were shared like this before they could be written down and well after that.

Nursery rhymes today can be beneficial for children in many ways, and for many of the reasons listed below.

Brain Food
Not only are nursery rhymes a great way to acquaint children with language, but the mnemonic devices inherent in their structure can help bolster your child’s memory skills as well. According to Kay Vandergrift, Professor Emerita of Children’s Literature at Rutgers University, nursery rhymes are often a child’s first interaction or experience with literacy. Even if children cannot sit down and read a book on their own, the sing-song rhyming of nursery rhymes helps activate the parts of their brain that are active while learning and actively reading.

Cultural Significance
Nursery rhymes have become a staple of Western Culture, and many other parts of the world have their own equivalent songs and stories that have been passed down for centuries and generations. Since nursery rhymes are common among older generations, they provide a great way for families to bond and form a sense of shared understanding.

They’re fun!
You don’t really need a study to tell you that singing is fun, but when children are able to sing along and share the experience with others, it can be a great learning and social experience. This is why nursery rhymes are so popular at daycares and schools. The children can learn the rhymes and songs, sing along together, and sometimes even participate in dancing and re-enactments, such as the hand-holding and spinning that goes along with “Ring Around the Rosie”

Nursery Rhymes Personalized Book and Music

Nursery rhymes can be even more fun if they’re personalized, and KD Novelties offers a book and CD that can offer that experience. The Mother Goose Personalized Book and Music set puts a unique spin on the nursery rhymes that we all know and love by putting your child on an adventure to help Mother Goose find her way home. Along the way, they take part in nursery rhymes and meet Humpty Dumpty, the Cat and the Fiddle, Little Miss Muffet and many more favorite characters in this classic tale.

Oral storytelling has been a part of human culture since the very beginning, and nursery rhymes helps perpetuate that tradition while also teaching kids about language, boosting their memory, and getting their brains working. Sharing nursery rhymes with your kids will not only bring memories back of your own childhood, but you will be actively making new memories with your children as well.

5 Clever Ways to Keep Toddlers Entertained (and Occupied)

Being a busy parent is tough, and taking care of your children while trying to complete everyday chores and errands can feel almost impossible at times. In this day and age, it may feel natural to sit your toddler down in front of the TV or the tablet screen if you want them to sit still and be quiet. While this is not always a bad idea, it definitely shouldn’t be your only option. As long as your kids are watching or playing something that is engaging and educational, that’s fine, but setting kids in front of a screen should not be the default. There are plenty of other activities you can have your kids take part in that will keep them quiet and entertained when you need them to be. Whether you are trying to get work done or if you are simply trying to get your kids to calm down, these tips can certainly help give you some ideas.

Kids with Bubbles

Have them Splash Around
It may sound a bit strange at first, but if you are working in the kitchen, plopping your toddler by the sink may be a great idea. Kids love water and toddlers are still young enough where even little, everyday things will mesmerize them for hours if possible. Prop them up safely on a stool or chair and equip them with some soap, sponges and maybe even some of their bath toys – they’ll certainly be entertained.  Bubbles!

Bubble Mania!
Speaking of suds, kids always love bubbles. If your child is old enough they can blow their own bubbles or wave their arms around to make the bubbles form. There are also plenty of battery powered toys that create bubbles for kids to jump around and play with as well. Stock them up with a full container of bubbles and an open space, they will be sure to have fun for a while.

DIY Band

Kids with Pots and Pans

If you don’t mind the noise, just give your kids the pots and pans that you always find them eyeing and let them go at it! If you want a bit of a quieter atmosphere, then plastic containers and bowls will do, too. Kids are natural percussionists, rhythm notwithstanding, so allowing them to bang away on some safe kitchen appliances may even help them tap into their innate musical talents!

Personalized CDs and Music
If you don’t want your kids to stare at a screen but still want them to experience a fun story, then there are plenty of story and music CDs that can keep them engaged, and even active. KD Novelties has a series of personalized music CDs that feature your child’s name into the story or song with well known characters, which can help keep them stay focused on the activities and make them feel like a true part of the fun.

Back to Basics
Toddlers often don’t need anything complicated or state-of-the-art to keep them busy. You can always resort to classic activities like coloring books or even simply equipping them with paper and crayons. And if you’re on the run, you can go even simpler. Kids can have loads of fun with everyday items like empty boxes or keys (if they have gone through the stage of putting things in their mouth).

No matter what it is that you’re doing, it is always important that you keep an eye on your kids. Even if you need them to stay calm and quiet for a period of time, its always safest to check in on them from time to time. Even if you are in the same room, make sure you keep tabs on what your child is doing and if they are being safe. It can sometimes be deceiving when a child is quiet, it can be a good thing or a bad thing, so always be vigilant! But with these simple tips, you can keep your children occupied and entertained while you get some important work done.

An Even Easier Way to Get to Sesame Street

Personalized Kids Sesame Street books
Personalized Sesame Street Books

Children are encouraged to learn everyday with the help of their friends from Sesame Street.  Kids are even more excited to read and embark on an educational adventure when they see themselves and hear their names featured alongside their trusted Sesame Street pals in the personalized kids books and personalized music CDs from KD Novelties. 

Personalized Elmo Music CD

The well-beloved, long-running show has captured the imaginations of generations of children, inspiring them to learn and solve problems in their everyday lives, and having fun while doing so!  Children will see themselves as a part of the action on the page and hear their name spoken by their favorite characters as part of interactive stories and songs. When kids see their faces alongside Big Bird or hear their name called by Elmo, they’ll feel even more apart of the educational adventure and keep reading and keep learning. There are a bunch of adventures to choose from, whether it’s counting, learning to use the potty, or even spending a day on Sesame Street, KD Novelties offers a variety of interactive and personalized adventures for kids to enjoy. With these personalized sesame street books and music CDs, it’s even easier to find your way to Sesame Street.