|Babies||Walkers 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
The activity encourages the children to learn and explore the structure and activities of their daily lives. It helps the children to learn about their routines with songs that can be used at home to signal the time of day.sounds.
- Songs for everyday pictures
- Any props required for the chosen song or rhyme.
- Laminates for Guess the Sound if creating a mini topic
- Up to six weeks
How it works
There are 2 versions of this activity. The baby version uses a song for each time of the day. The version for the older age groups uses a mini topic for each time of the day combining the songs with guess the sounds and another traditional song or rhyme.
What to do in the class
Version 1 – Babies
Before the song starts, brief the parents on the benefits of using songs and rhymes with their children to help signal what time of day it is and help them know what to expect. Encourage them to take these songs away with them for everyday use with their child. It is best if adults position themselves sideways onto the instructor to allow the child to make eye contact with both the instructor for the pictures and narration and the adult during the singing.
Introduce the time of the day you are going to be looking at that week using pictures of Ralph. You may want to do up to 3 songs each week. Include one song from the previous week each time so parents and children get to learn the lyrics and tunes. Sing the selected song together, showing the relevant pictures. You can incorporate baby signing as well if you want. Lyrics and signs/actions can be found below.
Version 2 – Older Children
Do a little ‘mini’ topic based on different times of the day – do different times each week. Use the relevant Song For Everyday with the picture, and combine this with a little song or rhyme and a guess the sound or prop.
First show the picture of Ralph from the relevant time of day ask what the children think he is doing and what time of day it is. Explain you are going to join Ralph. Sing the relevant Song for Everyday song. Next sing or say the rhyme explaining how it is linked to that time of the day. Next play the guess the sound game explaining how each sound is linked to the time of day. Below are some ideas:
Songs for Everyday
Rhyme or song
Guess the Sound
|Waking Up Song & Picture||I’m a little tea pot||Alarm clock sound or birds singing sound|
|Breakfast Time Song & Picture||10 fat sausages rhyme||Sizzling sausages sound|
|Going Out Song & Picture||Going to the zoo, or Driving in my Car Car||Door opening sound|
|Playtime Song & Picture||Boys & Girls Go Out to Play, or See Saw,||Skipping sound|
|Read a Book Song||Read the children a short story from a book of your choice||Select from the guess the sounds, some sounds from your book|
|Dinner Time||Teddybear’s Picnic, Jelly on a Plate, Five Currant Buns||Cutlery, or microwave sound|
|Bedtime & Picture||Rock-a-bye Baby||Snoring, bath running sound, cleaning teeth sound|
Lyrics to ‘Songs for Everyday’
Morning Song – To the Tune of Morning from Pier Gynt Suite – Grieg
Wake up, wake up! (Sign for wake up)
Rise and shine. (stretch arms upwards)
Open your eyes. (Sign for wake up)
It’s morning time. (stretch arms upwards)
Note: the sign for wake up is a finger and thumb pressed together on both hands, then opened up as if opening the eyes.
Breakfast Song – To tune of Little Brown Jug (Traditional)
Breakfast time, breakfast time, (Clap or click fingers)
Breakfast time for you me. (point you and me)
Eat it up, hear me say, (Sign eat)
Ready for another day. (Clap or click fingers)
Note: the sign for eat is a hand cupped to the mouth (small repeated movement).
Going Out – (To Pomp and Circumstance – Elgar)
Let’s go out now. (March legs)
Let’s go out. (Sign for out)
I wonder where we will go. (Arms up in question)
Have you got your hat and coat? (touch head and pretend to do up buttons)
Come now don’t be slow. (March legs)
Put on your shoes now. (Touch feet)
Put on your gloves. (Touch hands)
We’re going out today. (Sign out)
Note: the sign for going out is a cupped hand making an up and over gesture.
Playtime (To Carnival of Animals – Elephant – Camille Saint Saen)
Playtime, playtime (Sign play)
Let’s have fun and play! (Hold hands and jiggle)
Tell me, what do you want to do? (Jiggle hands)
Let’s have a special time for me and you. (Point to me and you)
Playtime, playtime (Sign play)
Let’s have fun and play, (Hold hands and jiggle)
I want some fun with you today.
Get your toys out, let’s play. (Tickle tummy)
Note: the sign for play is hold your hand up with palms open and move simultaneously in upward circular movements.
Dinner Time (To Stars and Stripes Forever – John Phillip Sousa also 4th of July Song)
Dinner time, dinner time, dinner time. (March arms)
Are you ready for your food? (Sign for eat)
Dinner time, dinner time, dinner time (March arms)
I wonder what it will be. (Arms up)
Dinner time, dinner time, dinner time (Clap hands)
It smells like something good! (Tap nose)
Dinner time, dinner time, dinner time. (Clap hands)
I hope that there will be enough for you and me. (Pat belly then point to you and me)
Note: the sign for eat is a hand cupped to the mouth (small, repeated movement). This song can also be used for lunch, supper, or tea time, just adjust words to suit).
Book Time (To Hungarian Dance in B Minor – Brahms)
It’s time for us to have a look and (Sign look)
Read a story from a book. (Sign book)
It’s time for us to have a read, (Sign book again)
Cuddle in, snuggle in, let’s see what we can see. (Give a big cuddle and point to eyes)
Note: the sign for book is flat hands held together with palms touching, twist to open like a book
Bedtime Song (To the Tune of Eriskay Love Lilt, Song of the Hebrides)
Good night my little one. (Rocking motion)
Good night my little dear. (Rocking)
Good night sleep tight. (Sleep sign if required)
Sweet dreams are very near. (Rocking motion)
Note: the sign for sleep is to tilt your head and rest it against the palm of a flat hand OR both hands with palms held together
Adaptation for older/younger children
For younger children and babies, the aim is to teach the parents songs to use at particular times of the day with their children. Encourage the parents to sing the songs learnt at home with their children. For older more verbal children you can really explore the topic with them explaining how things are linked together as you undertake each activity in the mini topic.
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation is necessary.