Pat a Cake

Let's sing together

Singing songs with a baby is a great way to encourage their early communication. It helps the bond between adult and child, supports brain development and also language development as it increases access to key words and sounds. 

women baking a cake

How does this nursery rhyme help?

Pat a Cake helps a baby or young child in the development of their fine motor skills as they are using hand movements as they clap along to the song and rub . Singing this rhyme also helps them develop their language skills as they are hearing rhyming words and this will aid them when they begin to learn phonics. 

It helps with coordination too as they are multi-tasking through doing the actions and singing. It also helps with their hand to eye coordination as they watch their parent or caregiver and try to repeat the actions.

The great thing about this rhyme is you can change the initals and names to personalise the song with your child's name or perhaps another family member, this will make it even more fun. 

Rhyme lyrics 

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can,
Pat it and prick it and mark it with B,
And bake it in the oven for baby and me.

Watch the video and let's sing together 

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