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Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

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Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Shaking to a Rhythm Gather the musical instruments and noise makers you use at home or in your group, for example homemade shakers, bells, egg shakers, rattles. Everybody gets a noise maker they can shake. Sit together in a circle. Say the rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ slowly in the group while you shake together to the steady beat of the ... Read More »

Incy Wincy Spider Ideas

Incy Wincy Spider Ideas

Incy Wincy Spider Shadow Puppets  Step 1: Turn off the lights in the room. Step 2:  Get a lamp and shine the lamp on to a clear wall at low level. Have everyone sitting in a semi-circle near the wall. Step 3: Sing the rhyme slowly to show children the shadow spider. One adult can do the hand puppets while ... Read More »

Great rhymers, make great readers… The importance of nursery rhymes for children

Great rhymers, make great readers… The importance of nursery rhymes for children

Songs and rhymes are a cornerstone of language development, positive interaction and early learning in childhood. Some of your earliest memories may be of a family member or friend singing with you to ‘Round and Round the Garden’ or ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’. This is because from before we are born, our ears tune in to the rhythms and sounds ... Read More »

Humpty Dumpty Activities 0-3 years

Humpty Dumpty Activities 0-3 years

Action Rhyme Time 1:1 Sit on the floor, with baby facing you. Let baby know you’re going to sing ‘Humpty Dumpty’ together. Bring your knees up and leave your feet on the floor. Hold baby carefully so they can sit on your knees with you supporting them. You can sit on a chair too, just remember to get face to ... Read More »

5 Ways to have fun with Nursery Rhymes

5 Ways to have fun with Nursery Rhymes

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Rhyme A Day Challenge

Rhyme A Day Challenge

Last year, over 500,000 children under the age of 7, from 39 different countries, took part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. Rhyme A Day Challenge Resources The ‘Rhyme A Day’ challenge will focus on each rhyme in the following order: Monday 13th November: ‘Humpty Dumpty’ Tuesday 14th November: ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ Wednesday 15th November: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ Thursday 16th November: ‘Wind ... Read More »

Top Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween

Top Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween

Young children need to be accompanied by an adult Children should only call on families they know and trust in their street or area Parents should always go through the 3 “Ws” before older children go out with their friends: Who are they going with? Where are they going? When will they be back? They should always stay with their ... Read More »

Halloween Fun for all the Family

Halloween Fun for all the Family

Halloween is coming, and you can barely make it through the shops with all the Halloween decorations vying for space with the Christmas stuff.  Sometimes, the ready to go spider webs and garlands of ghosts can be too difficult to resist to make the house look festive in a hurry.  Halloween and autumn in general, however, can be a great ... Read More »

Top tips for Managing Temper Tantrums

Top tips for Managing Temper Tantrums

Keep how you react in a certain situation the same once you have found a positive system that works We all learn by repetition. You will have to repeat what you do many times before your child begins to understand this is how you react and how we should react generally Prevention is better than cure: Know your toddler. While ... Read More »