The book on animal sounds must have been too complicated, because the under-2s weren’t paying attention to it.

Puppets to the rescue! Here’s what I did:

a) 3 or 4 animals were sleeping under a small blanket.

b) I started singing “Old McDonald had a Farm” a cappella, and as I sang, I put one of the puppets on my hand.

c) The “…with a ____ here” part is when I inserted the sound that animal makes.

The way it worked for me, the little learners were soon interested in which animal was going to wake up next and what sound that animal made, and feeding fingers to the puppets was much more exciting than sprinting from wall to wall.

And that E-I-E-I-O part of the song is awfully catchy, yes?

Oh whew.


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