Animal rhymes

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Use these exciting ideas alongside the ‘Animal rhymes’ songs

The songs can support a topic on animals. Encourage the children’s personal, social and emotional development, and their speaking and listening skills, in the following ways:

  • Invite the children to listen to one of the tracks and then talk about the words together. What did the children enjoy about the rhyme? Which animal was featured?
  • Repeat the song, encouraging the children to sing along, clapping to the beat if they wish to.
  • Once they are familiar with the soundtrack, invite the children to choose their favourite songs and make up their own actions.
  • Develop the children’s confidence by asking them to sing along to their favourite songs, alone or with a friend, while the others listen. Always praise them for their contributions so that they feel valued group members.
  • Use the songs to stimulate discussion about caring for animals.
  • Encourage the children to make up their own verses to the songs, for example, having unusual animals on Old MacDonald’s farm.
  • Invite the group to create their own books about the songs, with a separate page for each line, and display them in the book corner.
  • In addition to these general suggestions for using the soundtrack, enhance the children’s enjoyment by carrying out follow-up activities. When taken as a whole, the ideas suggested below will reflect an equal balance of learning opportunities across all six Areas of Learning and Development.
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