|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Children should be exposed to counting well before they are capable of counting themselves, as there are lots of concepts and skills involved which they need to be aware of long before they can do it! They need to understand that objects can be counted, that counting relates to quantity, they need to learn the names of numbers and learn the order of those words. Children will learn to count at very different ages. This activity involves teaching children a song which asks them to do lots of different actions to a set number. The songs are set to the tune of Farmer in the Dell. Children learn to count accurately up to 3, 4 and 5. The song also encourages each action to be produced rhythmically.
- Just your bodies
- Your chosen music track
- Possibly a laminated copy of the number
- 2 or 3 weeks
How it works
The song will lead the children into to doing various actions a set number of times.
What to do in the class
Choose one of the songs to do. Explain you to the children they will be singing a song all about a certain number. Ask the children to count to that number first so that they all learn that pattern before they start. Sing the song, following the actions in the song counting aloud the number of the actions as you do them. Explain to the class that the important thing is that we are going to do each action the correct number of times. We can use counting on our fingers to help. Encourage the children and adults to count aloud with you.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation necessary.
You could give each child a printed copy of the number you have been looking at today for them to take home and colour in.
When marching and doing the actions you could march to the middle of the room, then march to each of the 4 corners.
You could also wave or jump the right number of times on the outro