Happy World Nursery Rhyme week, mamas and papas! I bet you’re wondering…
What IS World Nursery Rhyme Week?
Well, World Nursery Rhyme Week was launched in 2013 by an organisation called Music Bugs and since then, over 2 million children have taken part! It is completely open to all parents, EYP’s (Early Years practitioners) and anybody who works with children under the age of 7, with all resources free of charge. The event will run from 13th – 17th of November.
Why are nursery rhymes important?
Nursery rhymes are a very useful teaching tool. They can help with the development of the following skills;
“*Language and communication, songs and rhymes are language learners.
*Singing nursery rhymes can help children to develop emergent literacy skills.
*They provide a fun way to assist with learning early maths.
*Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.” (Music Bugs)
Music Bugs state that they “are passionate about nursery rhymes and feel their importance shouldn’t be overlooked in early years development. Each day in our classes, we see first-hand how children benefit from singing and playing along to songs and rhymes.”
How Do We Take Part at Home?
You can take part in the Rhyme a Day Challenge.
Music Bugs have chosen 5 traditional nursery rhymes as part of the challenge; they’d love for parents to sing one a each day to their children.
What are the 5 rhymes for 2017?:
Monday 13th November -‘Bobby Shafto’.
Tuesday 14th November – ‘Lavenders Blue’.
Wednesday 15th November – ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’.
Thursday 16th November – ‘Wind The Bobbin Up’.
Friday 17th November – ‘Old King Cole’.
You can also download a free resources pack from Piccolo Music and Twinkl here; each pack contains the following for each of the nursery rhymes above…
“An MP3 song download
Musical activity ideas
Colouring in Sheet
An animated PowerPoint presentation
Sequencing activities* (to develop early literacy skills)
Bordered writing paper* (for emergent handwriting techniques and mark-making)
In addition you will find:
Welcome letter and resource guide
Song Book (a lovely keepsake which can be coloured in)
Planning and Activity ideas (Suitable for Early Years settings and practitioners but available for all participants)
Posters (to advertise your event)
Quiz for Parents and Early Years professionals
Additional resources” (Music Bug)
What an amazing free activity to do with the kiddies! We’d definitely recommend that parents make the most of this fab opportunity.
Check out this video; 55 minutes of nursery rhyme fun!
Do your children have a favourite nursery rhyme? Tell us what they are in the comments!
Love from Katie. Xx
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