peaPod
2:5

I Am a Copycat!

Domain:

In this activity, you will encourage your baby to follow your lead and imitate yourclapping and movements.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle in the making (6 to 12 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    I Like To Be A Copycat

  • Activity:

    I Am a Copycat!

Materials:

  • Song

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Memory
  • Imitation of simple actions
  • Communication and language development
  • Sense of self worth in the infant

Key Developmental Facts:

  • At around 7-10 months of age, babies can bring their hands together in the middle and start clapping and playing patty cake.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to follow your lead, clapping and imitating your movements while listening to the music. Your baby is eager to discover and learn new things with you. Social learning begins by learning to imitate you. Positive parent-child interactions are the building blocks for emotional and social development and the foundation to learning readiness.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • I like this song- “I Like to Be A Copycat!”
  • Let’s clap together. Can you follow me?
  • Let’s try, clap, clap, and clap!
  • Let’s clap slowly and then try to clap faster.
  • Let’s clap in rhythm.
  • I like how you follow my clapping!
  • Let’s follow my movements. I am touching my _________ and now I am touching my _____________.
  • You are doing so great following my movements!
  • Yes, here is your nose! And now you are touching your head!
  • When we imitate we learn new things!

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your child and face each other.
  2. Listen to the song“ I Like To Be A Copycat” with the baby while gesturing with the music.
  3. Start clapping and encourage your baby to follow your rhythm.
  4. See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Is the baby able to match the rhythm?)
  5. Use the suggested dialogue to talk to your baby. Talking to your baby is important to language development so they have the opportunity to hear you talk and listen.
  6. Create a reciprocal conversation and encourage the baby to babble and talk by pausing and giving them the opportunity to take turns with you.
  7. Create an animated voice by using different tones and fluctuate the volume of your voice to engage your baby in the imitation of your clapping.
  8. Switch the rhythm of your clapping.
  9. Touch different parts of your body: your head, shoulders, nose, ears, eyes, mouth, and forehead. Encourage your baby to touch their body too. See if your infant follows your lead and repeats your movements.

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peaPod 2:5

I Am a Copycat!

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle in the making (6 to 12 months)

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: I Like To Be A Copycat

In this activity, you will encourage your baby to follow your lead and imitate your clapping and movements.

Materials

  • Song

Desired Outcomes

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Memory
  • Imitation of simple actions
  • Communication and language development
  • Sense of self worth in the infant

Key Developmental Facts

  • At around 7-10 months of age, babies can bring their hands together in the middle and start clapping and playing patty cake.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to follow your lead, clapping and imitating your movements while listening to the music. Your baby is eager to discover and learn new things with you. Social learning begins by learning to imitate you. Positive parent-child interactions are the building blocks for emotional and social development and the foundation to learning readiness.

Suggested Dialogue

  • I like this song- “I Like to Be A Copycat!”
  • Let’s clap together. Can you follow me?
  • Let’s try, clap, clap, and clap!
  • Let’s clap slowly and then try to clap faster.
  • Let’s clap in rhythm.
  • I like how you follow my clapping!
  • Let’s follow my movements. I am touching my _________ and now I am touching my _____________.
  • You are doing so great following my movements!
  • Yes, here is your nose! And now you are touching your head!
  • When we imitate we learn new things!

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your child and face each other.
  • Listen to the song“ I Like To Be A Copycat” with the baby while gesturing with the music.
  • Start clapping and encourage your baby to follow your rhythm.
  • See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Is the baby able to match the rhythm?)
  • Use the suggested dialogue to talk to your baby. Talking to your baby is important to language development so they have the opportunity to hear you talk and listen.
  • Create a reciprocal conversation and encourage the baby to babble and talk by pausing and giving them the opportunity to take turns with you.
  • Create an animated voice by using different tones and fluctuate the volume of your voice to engage your baby in the imitation of your clapping.
  • Switch the rhythm of your clapping.
  • Touch different parts of your body: your head, shoulders, nose, ears, eyes, mouth, and forehead. Encourage your baby to touch their body too. See if your infant follows your lead and repeats your movements.

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