Rhythm and rhyme: Let’s move!

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Act out traditional and original action rhymes while exploring movement, role play and dance

Let's move!

1 The grand old Duke of York

Re-enact a traditional rhyme

Physical Development

Moving and handling

Development matters: show delight in the freedom and changing perspectives that standing or beginning to walk brings (8-20 months); mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

What you need

Group size: four children.

Two sets of solid wooden steps.

What to do

Push the steps back-to-back and invite the children to take turns to climb up and down them as the rest of the group sing the traditional rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York:

The Grand Old Duke of York

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