Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Even prior to birth, babies are tuning in to the sounds and rhythms of the spoken word. They are especially comforted and soothed by the familiar chants and rhythms of nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes have a particular cadence and rhythm that babies and young children find particularly appealing. Studies also show that nursery rhymes also do a lot more than simply delight your child. Children that have been sung or read to at an early age develop good reading and listening skills and a larger vocabulary too.

Equipment required

  • Chosen rhyme

Duration

Up to six weeks, but use the same rhyme for a couple of weeks.

How it works

You can either use a backing track to speak along with, or if preferred speak the rhyme together unaccompanied. You can use actions and movements to bring the rhyme to life and build anticipation and fun.

What to do in the class

  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Jack and Jill
  • Humptey Dumptey
  • Mary Mary Quite Contrary
  • Caterpillers
  • Five Red Apples
  • I have 10 Fingers
  • Jack in a Box
  • Round and Round the Garden
  • This Little Piggy
  • 5 Little Monkeys (rhyme from Wriggle and Giggle CD not the song)
  • 5 Fat Sausages

Training Videos

Little Miss Muffet-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Icy Wincy Babies-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Mary Mary-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Caterpillers-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Five Red Apples-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

10 Little Fingers-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Jack In A Box-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Round And Round The Garden-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

This Little Piggy-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Five Fat Sausage-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Adaptations for older/younger children

None required

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaption necessary