Wednesday, 11 January 2012

What is your favourite nursery rhyme?

What is your favourite? Why do you like it? We would love to know!

Some that we sing:

  • Old MacDonald. You can add to this by having pictures of animals so that younger ones can choose what to sing next
  • If you're happy and you know it: get the child to choose, if they don't you could always sing about what they are doing e.g. Wriggle your legs, give a smile, 
  • Incy wincy Spider, add the actions
  • Twinkle Twinkle: by far the favourite of the Bony Hay Teeny Talker group!
  • The Scarecrow song; they love the adult lying on the floor too
  • Baa baa black sheep: some of the language is bit obscure e.g. dame, master etc but it doesn't matter
  • Humpty Dumpty: sad but they like it
  • Hickory Dickory: all four verses to make full use 
  • Wind the bobbin up: simple but effective
  • Wheels on the bus; have pictures of the options so the can choose what's next
  • Sleeping bunnies: I'm always surprised how they love this given that it's so simple.
  • 5 little monkeys: add sign or actions
  • 6 fat sausages: add sign or actions
  • Head, shoulders, knee and toes: do it really slowly so they can access it
  • 5 Little ducks:  add sign or actions
I have a bag of props and a little book of pictures so that children can choose what they want to sing. You can make it into a spoken language activity too by hiding 1 prop in a bag, talking about it then asking what song you could sing about it.

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