Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

From the start babies use sounds to communicate – starting with crying then moving to cooing. As they experiment and play with making other sounds, they are strengthening the muscles in their face and mouths ready to learning speech. Babies should be encouraged to make a variety of sounds and it helps them to repeat the same sounds over and over. Older children benefit from playing with sounds as they prepare to learn letter sounds and blends. This activity teaches children songs which encourage them to make vocal sounds. Encourages the early formation of the sounds that often precede speech and helps the children explore their ability to vocalise sound.

Equipment required

  • Music track for your chosen song

Link to resources


Half term two to three weeks on each song

How it works

Children learn some songs to the tune of Old MacDonald. These have lyrics which involve small units of sound which are fun for children to learn and sing and encouraged them to make different vocal sounds. There are three songs appropriate for the baby classes and 3 other songs which are appropriate for the older age groups.

Baby Songs are:-

Ma Ma – whos the one that gets me dressed, ma ma ma ma ma, who’s the one that takes me out, ma ma ma ma ma, who’s the one who loves me so, ma ma ma ma ma

Da Da – who’s the one who plays with me, da da da da da, who’s the one that changes me da da da da da, who’s the one that cuddles me da da da da da

Ba Ba – who’s the one that smiles at me, ba ba ba ba, who’s the one that coos at me, ba ba ba ba ba, who’s the one that I love most, ba ba ba ba ba

Older songs are

Baking – A song including the noises of baking, glugging milk, breaking eggs and stirring

Transport – A song in making the noises of driving in the car (brrm brrm), train (choo choo), bicycle ringing a bell (ding ding)

Weather – A song making weather noises, wind blowing (Whoosh Whoosh), Rain (drip drop),stormy days (flash crash)

Training Videos

Sound Songs Mama-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Sound Song Dada-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Sound Songs Baba-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


Sound Songs Baking-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


Sound Song Weather-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Sound Song Transport-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

What to do in the class

Explain to the parents a little about the benefits of this exercise before you start (see above). Eye contact is really important, so babies need to be sitting face to face with the adult or lying making good eye contact. Encourage the parents to think about the shapes there mouths are making when the form the babble sounds and really emphasise this.

Adaptation for baby classes

When singing the baby songs you can combine them with BSL. For the babies stick to the babble sound songs (ma ma, da da, ba ba). The more complex songs are better for the more verbal children.

What to do in a nursery setting

Although the children will possibly not have one to one care in this setting, do encourage the carers to make as much eye contact as possible during the song in order that the children are able to follow the mouth movements of the babble parts of the songs in particular.