Using/copying actions in rhymes and songs
Why is this important?
Nursery rhymes and songs are repetitive and easily become familiar, thereby helping children to remember a series of actions associated with specific words, and to become increasingly confident in being able to predict what is going to happen next.
What to do
- In a small group or individually, sing favourite nursery rhymes together
particularly those with actions, e.g.
★ ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ ★ ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’
- Slow down your singing: give the child a chance to join in with the actions. Don’tworry about singing the same song several times in a row – children love the repetition and it helps them become familiar with the actions.
- Guide the child’s hands/arms to encourage him/her to join in.
- Older children/siblings love nursery rhymes and can encourage younger children to join in.