Rhythm and rhyme: Rhyming with numbers

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Enjoy these number rhyme ideas that can be used to help the children develop a range of skills

Rhyming with numbers

1 Five yellow sunflowers

Encourage number recognition

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Numbers as Labels and for Counting

Development matters: develop an awareness of number names through their enjoyment of action rhymes and songs that relate to their experience of numbers (8-20 months); recognise numerals 1 to 5 (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: say and use number names in order in familiar contexts.

What you need

Group size: ten children.

‘Sunflowers and apples’ activity sheet; five artificial sunflowers; laminated number cards from 1 to 5; tape.

What to do

Securely tape a laminated number card to each sunflower.

Invite five children to be sunflowers. Ask them to stand in a row and hold a sunflower, with the numbers 1 to 5 in order, and face towards the rest of the group.

Say the rhyme ‘Five yellow sunflowers’ on the activity sheet. Encourage the other children to point to the appropriate numbered sunflower at the end of each verse. Ask the ‘sunflowers’ to act out the appropriate actions to the rhyme.


Help the children to start with the number ‘5’ when pointing to the first sunflower.

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