Scat the Cat flannel board activity..."I'm Scat the Cat and with my hat, I'm going to change my colors just like that!"And he changed himself into an orange cat, and he was as orange and orange could be. He was as orange as....?? (have the children give answers).
OKAY short of telepathy this is the best way to talk to babies. We taught my younger brother sign language when he was a baby. We still use some of the signs, usually water and potty, especially in public.