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By Mike Wardfreelance educational consultant.

Use these fun and exclusive activites and rhymes to keep the children wriggling and jiggling

1 Ants in my pants!

Enjoy this fast and non-stop action rhyme

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for Communication

Development matters: join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories (30-50 months); use language for an increasing range of purposes (40-60 months).

Early learning goal: listen with enjoyment, and respond to stories, songs and other music, rhymes and poems.

What you need

Group size: whole group.

‘Ants in my pants!’ rhyme; paper; pencil; 1-6 dice; felt-tipped pens.

What to do

As a fun, warm-up activity, perform the action rhyme ‘Ants in my pants’ together. Once the children are familiar with the actions, speed up the verses each time you say the rhyme, until it becomes so fast that it is almost impossible to keep up! Then, drop to the floor exhausted and relax (although be prepared that the children will probably want to do it again a few minutes later).

The result of the dice roll determines which part of the ant the child can add to their drawing. For example:

1 – body

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