5 Tips For Nursery Rhyme Success

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Why Do We celebrate Nursery Rhyme Week?

Nursery rhymes are the building blocks of our childhood. They teach us about the world and its inhabitants, about animals and plants, about numbers and counting.

Nursery rhymes have been around for a long time, some of them dating back to the 15th century. They have been passed down from generation to generation through oral tradition, storytelling and songs.

Nursery rhyme week is a celebration of these songs and stories that we know so well. It is an opportunity for adults to share their favourite rhymes with children as well as learn new ones from other people in their lives.

5 Tips For Successfully Sharing Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are a great way to teach kids a variety of skills. They help develop language skills, social skills, and cognitive skills.

  1. Use repetition: Repetition is important for teaching children new words and concepts. It also makes it easier for them to remember the information they are learning. By finding nursery rhymes that have a lot of repetition (such as Old McDonald), children are better able to keep up and follow along.

  2. Sing: Singing nursery rhymes is a great way to make the activity more fun and engaging for your child. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing a nursery rhyme book or story, don’t forget that singing together is a great way to explore nursery rhymes!

  3. Act out the rhyme: Instead of just reading the rhyme, act it out with your child by using different voices, actions, and movements as you read it aloud to them. You could both take turns in taking on different characters or change familiar nursery rhymes by adding your own fun characters. For example, Roar Roar Rainbow Dinosaur instead of Baa Baa Black Sheep.

  4. Tell stories: Nursery rhymes can be used as a starting point for telling stories about different topics or events in your child’s life or in their imagination which can help foster their creativity and language development by giving them an opportunity to express themselves through storytelling rather than just listening passively to you read the story. For example, if your child is afraid of the dark, twinkle twinkle little star might be a great conversation starter to introduce the concept of nighttime.

  5. Use props and prompts while telling nursery rhymes. A great way to do this is to grab a bag and collect a few items related to the story inside. For example, for three little pigs, you could put in a few toy pigs, a toy wolf, some straw or dry leaves, a stick and a stone to demonstrate the different materials.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

To celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week, I have created a FREE printable resource.

Inside you’ll find:

A double-sided activity board for 4 popular nursery rhymes (Humpty Dumpty, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught A Fish Alive, The Big Ship Sails and B-I-N-G-O). One side contains a playdough board with an instruction (such as add 10 fish to the water) and the other side has a mark-making activity. Laminate your resource and you can use it time and time again!

To get yours, simply sign up to our 5 activity toolkit here: 


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