All creatures great and small
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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

From spiders to sheep, inspire the children’s learning with nursery rhymes that feature a variety of animals

illustration of children with animals

1 Mary Had a Little Lamb

Play ‘Follow My Leader’

Subject > EYFS Area of learning > Personal, social & emotional development > Managing Self

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Safe, indoor space.

What to do

Say the rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ together. Talk about how the lamb was Mary’s pet and went everywhere with her. Discuss the children’s experiences of pets. Do their pets follow them?

Suggest that the children play ‘Follow My Leader’, where everyone must follow behind and do the same as the child who is the leader. Encourage the children to repeat the rhyme as they walk around the room. Change ‘leaders’ at regular intervals.

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