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Language and Communication Show an interest in number rhymes songs or games  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

Pupils show an interest in number rhymes, songs and finger games.

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Number and Algebra
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Three Little Speckled Frogs

 

Recording of the song;

(for example on youtube)

Water spray;

Picture of a log and a pond with Velcro attached to the log and three bits of Velcro in the pond;

Three Velcro frogs

1. Give the child one frog at a time to place on the log.

2. You count the frogs.

3. Start playing the recording and do the actions to the rhyme.

4. Let the child move the frogs from the log into the pond at the correct part of the song and reward with a spray from the water spray.

You may need to stop the recording if the child needs prompting to move the frogs from the log into the pond.

Note, you should not expect the child to be able to count at this level. They may be able to join in with some of the sound patterns.

The main goal of these activities is for the child to show interest in these rhymes in some way - this could be imitating some of the sounds or actions, or it could simply be being attentive to the song.

If you're happy and you know it

 

Recording of the song; Visual prompt card (grid 2x3 on A4 with prompts for clap, stamp, nod, say "Ha ha" and do all 4).

1. Play the recording and/or sing the song.

2. Encourage the child to do the actions with a physical prompt, verbal prompt, in imitation or spontaneously as necessary.

It is best to go through all the actions at the beginning of the activity and review at the end of the song.

Garden Song

Chair;

Large thick cardboard covered in glittery paper;

Water spray;

Talcum powder.

Optional: symbols for more/finished.

1. Sit the child on the chair and say:

2. John's in the garden

3. Blow wind, blow (waft with the cardboard),

4. Drip drop raindrops (spray with water) and down comes the snow (sprinkle in talc).

5. Encourage the child to request more or say finished at the end of the rhyme

Encourage the child to stay seated throughout the rhyme. The wind/water/snow are quite rewarding so children will usually sit back down if requested to do so.

Encourage children to join in the rhyme or sign wind/rain/snow as they become familiar with the rhyme.

Watching and then joining in with number rhymes

Objects to represent number rhymes

1. Sit the child opposite you in a distraction free environment and sing a number rhyme e.g. '1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive' or '5 little monkeys jumping on the bed' or '10 in the bed' etc.

2. Find an object to represent the number rhyme e.g. a fish for '1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive.' A monkey for 10 in the bed etc Show the child the objects. Can the child choose a song by choosing an object e.g. the monkey or the fish?

3. Sing the song with LOTS of animation and actions; pause sometimes so that the child can fill in a missing word or action.

4. Reward participation with tickles claps etc.

5. Make sessions last up to 5 minutes not longer. Finish with a good feeling.

Use lots of animation and have fun

You want the child to watch you, begin to join in and show some pleasure in the songs.

You want the child to show some anticipation - build pauses into your routines for this to happen.

Child chooses a number rhyme from a choice of two pictures of rhymes

Pictures for familiar rhymes

1. When the child is familiar with some rhymes draw simple pictures to represent two different rhymes.

2. Offer the child a choice of pictures and accept as making a choice the child reaching for a picture or looking at a picture or moving towards a picture. Say 'You want '1,2,3,4,5, 'etc and start to sing the rhyme and hold up /point to the relevant picture.

Five little men in a flying saucer

Laminated picture of a flying saucer and five men. Attach Velcro to the flying saucer and each of the five men.

1. Sing or play the song.

2. As the numbers decrease, children take off one man from the flying until no men are left.

3. The same activity can be replicated with songs such as five little ducks, five speckled frogs.

Note, you should not expect the child to be able to count at this level. They may be able to join in with some of the sound patterns.

The main goal of these activities is for the child to show interest in these rhymes in some way - this could be imitating some of the sounds or actions, or it could simply be being attentive to the song.

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