Words & Actions for Rituals

(Source of Video)

Ritual #1 A Wonderful Woman who Lived in a Shoe. By Dr. Becky Bailey
A wonderful woman lived in a shoe.[Wrap your hand around child's hand]
She had so many children she knew exactly what to do,[Touch each finger of the child's hand]
She held them, she rocked them, and tucked them in bed.[Fold child's fingers into a ball and wrap your hand around child's]
I love vou. I love you is what she said![Rock child's hand from side to side]

Ritual #2 Sweet Baby Sweet
Sweet, baby sweet, sweet baby sweet[Hold baby in your arms and gaze into eyes]
Let me take your hand in mine while our hearts beat in time,[Take one of baby's hands]
And our eyes smile at each other.[Gaze into baby's eyes]
Sweet baby sweet, sweet baby sweet,[Touch baby's cheek gently to yours]
Oh, sweet baby sweet[Hold baby up and gaze into eyes]
I'm so happy to be your mother![Touch your nose to baby's]

Ritual #3 The Merry-go Round
The merry-go round goes round and round, round and round[Swing child’s hand in yours from side to side]
Bringing my baby fun and giggles,[Tickle child under the chin]
The merry-go round goes round and round,[Swing child's hands]
As my baby wiggles and wiggles and wiggles,[Take child's hands and move up and down]
The merry-go round goes round and round[Swing child's hands from side to side]
As together we make a happy sound![Mom wiggles while holding child’s hands]

Ritual #4 Fiddley Diddley Dee [Put child in highchair]
Fiddley diddley dee, fiddley diddley dee,[Adult walks own fingers across tray]
What a wonderful child you are I[Keep walking fingers]
With bright eyes and a smile that’s fun to see,[Make a smiley face on child with your fingers]
Fiddley diddley dee,[Hold child's hands in yours]
You bring love and happiness to all but especially me![Move child's hands from side to side]
Fiddley diddley dee, fiddley diddley dee.[Continue to move child's hands]

Ritual #5 The EEntsv. Wintsy Spider [A traditional ritual]
The eentsy, wintsy spider went up the water spout[Lift baby up in air]
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,[Gently move baby through the air]
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,[Lift baby up in the air]
And the eentsy, wintsy spider went up the spout again.[Bring baby down and hug in your arms]

Ritual #6 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star By Dr. Becky Bailey [Kneel in front of child]
Twinkle, twinkle little star,[Hold child’s hands and raise above head, touch child’s fingers as you wiggle yours]
What a wonderful child you are![Bring your hands down and rest them on child’s shoulders]
With bright eyes and nice round cheeks[Touch child’s face near eyes with your fingers and move down to cheeks]
A talented child from head to cheek[Take child’s hands in yours and move from side to side]
Twinkle, twinkle little star,[Touch child’s fingers as you both wiggle them]
What a wonderful child you are![End with a hug]

Ritual #7 Star Light, Star Bright
Star light, star bright [Place your hands gently on child’s face]
Your beautiful eyes shine with delight[Touch gently on child’s face near the eyes]
Star light, star bright[Place your hands gently on child’s cheeks]
I love the way your bright eyes shine![Wiggle your fingers beside the child’s cheeks]
Star light, star bright,[Rock child’s arms from side to side]
I am so glad you’re lovingly mine!![Hugh child in your arms]

A ritual on DVD. Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby, rock-a-bye baby,[Rock baby in your arms]
Sweet and wonderful one,[Keep rocking through the ritual]
Rock-a-bye baby, rock-a-bye baby, 
My bright and shining one 
Rock-a-bye baby, Rock-a-bye baby 
Holding you in always fun, 
Rock-a-bye baby, Rock-a-bye baby 

Extra ritual not on DVD Rub-A-Dub Dub [When baby can sit by self]
Rub-a-dub dub, rub-a-dub dub[Put baby’s hands together in yours]
Sweet baby in a tub,[Move baby’s hands up and down]
With eyes that sparkle and a smile so bright,[Wiggle your fingers on side of baby’s face]
Splashing and laughing with delight.[Take baby’s hands and splash in water]
Rub-a-dub dub, rub-a-dub dub[Keep moving hands in water]
A happy time for all tonight,[Keep moving hands in water]
Rub-a-dub dub, rub-a-dub dub[Tickle baby’s tummy gently]


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