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Tongue Out! Game

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In this activity, you will listen to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” and encourageyour baby to imitate you by sticking your tongue out while holding your baby in closeproximity to your face.

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  • Developmental Step:

    The fledging Circle (Birth to 6 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    I Like To Be A Copycat

  • Activity:

    Tongue Out! Game

Materials:

  • Song

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Auditory and vision senses
  • Imitation
  • Eye contact
  • Communication and language development

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Babies are attracted to human faces.
  • They have an innate ability to imitate and copy behaviors.
  • An example of this is that babies will stick out their tongues imitating and following adults’ actions.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to look at you, listen to your voice, and imitate you sticking out your tongue.
  • Your infant can follow your lead and imitate you by sticking their tongue out as well.
  • Through verbal exchange and close interaction with your infant, your baby will have the opportunity to learn how to imitate voices and actions around them.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Look at _______. You are my precious baby.
  • ________________ (baby’s name) look at _____________!
  • You see, I am sticking my tongue out!
  • Let’s see if can you stick your tongue out too!
  • Oh, ________ (baby’s name) you have such a cute little tongue.
  • ______________ (baby’s name) is your name and you are sticking your tongue out like ___________.
  • Let’s see, can you repeat after me?
  • This is such a great game we are playing! We are both sticking our tongues out!
  • You see my dear _____________ (baby’s name), I love when you imitate what I do.
  • This is so wonderful ______________! You are trying to do what _________________ is doing!

Instructions:

  1. Hold your baby close so they can see, hear and sense your presence.
  2. Listen to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” while holding your baby and whispering their name.
  3. Sing along and start sticking your tongue out.
  4. Notice how the baby will look at you.
  5. Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the baby while calling their name and sticking your tongue out. By talking to your baby they will become accustomed to hearing your voice and to the use of verbal language.
  6. Be animated by using your expressive face and by trying different voices while sticking your tongue out.
  7. Make eye contact to encourage the baby to look at your face and imitate you.
  8. Follow the baby’s lead and wait for them to respond as if you are taking turns. This exchange encourages cooing and will encourage your baby to imitate you by sticking their tongue out too.
  9. Repeat sticking your tongue out while listening to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” again.

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peaPod 1:4

Tongue Out! Game

Domain:

Developmental Step: The fledging Circle (Birth to 6 months)

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: I Like To Be A Copycat

In this activity, you will listen to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” and encourage your baby to imitate you by sticking your tongue out while holding your baby in close proximity to your face.

Materials

  • Song

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Auditory and vision senses
  • Imitation
  • Eye contact
  • Communication and language development

Key Developmental Facts

  • Babies are attracted to human faces.
  • They have an innate ability to imitate and copy behaviors.
  • An example of this is that babies will stick out their tongues imitating and following adults’ actions.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to look at you, listen to your voice, and imitate you sticking out your tongue.
  • Your infant can follow your lead and imitate you by sticking their tongue out as well.
  • Through verbal exchange and close interaction with your infant, your baby will have the opportunity to learn how to imitate voices and actions around them.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Look at _______. You are my precious baby.
  • ________________ (baby’s name) look at _____________!
  • You see, I am sticking my tongue out!
  • Let’s see if can you stick your tongue out too!
  • Oh, ________ (baby’s name) you have such a cute little tongue.
  • ______________ (baby’s name) is your name and you are sticking your tongue out like ___________.
  • Let’s see, can you repeat after me?
  • This is such a great game we are playing! We are both sticking our tongues out!
  • You see my dear _____________ (baby’s name), I love when you imitate what I do.
  • This is so wonderful ______________! You are trying to do what _________________ is doing!

Instructions

  • Hold your baby close so they can see, hear and sense your presence.
  • Listen to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” while holding your baby and whispering their name.
  • Sing along and start sticking your tongue out.
  • Notice how the baby will look at you.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the baby while calling their name and sticking your tongue out. By talking to your baby they will become accustomed to hearing your voice and to the use of verbal language.
  • Be animated by using your expressive face and by trying different voices while sticking your tongue out.
  • Make eye contact to encourage the baby to look at your face and imitate you.
  • Follow the baby’s lead and wait for them to respond as if you are taking turns. This exchange encourages cooing and will encourage your baby to imitate you by sticking their tongue out too.
  • Repeat sticking your tongue out while listening to the song “I Like To Be A Copycat,” again.

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