Toddlers play to the rhythm

Amy Browning with her daughter Isabella Browning (7 months old) from Gosport, during Rhymetime.  Picture: Sarah Standing (123212-8475)
Amy Browning with her daughter Isabella Browning (7 months old) from Gosport, during Rhymetime. Picture: Sarah Standing (123212-8475)
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BABIES banged drums, blew trumpets and shook tambourines as they got into rhythm at Gosport Discovery Centre’s Rhymetime.

Some as young as two months old got dancing and playing along to nursery rhymes, as parents, carers and library staff sang along too.

To get the children started, even the introductions at the start of the session were sung, as staff put out the different musical instruments.

These were quickly put into use, keeping the beat in the next few songs during the half-hour session.

The children got moving with The Grand Old Duke of York, before moving on to sing Wash Those Dirty Hands.

The kids kept moving with the song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow – lying on the floor before jumping up in time to the music.

Debbie Haines, Discovery Centre assistant, said: ‘We encourage the parents to pick them up and bounce them up and down.

‘It’s all about spending time together – hopefully they’ll do it at home too.

‘Even the youngest babies pick up the rhythms. It really helps them with memory and co-ordination.’