Singing songs and rhymes

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Songs and rhymes develop children’s language, vocabulary, movement and coordination if they include actions. Many also help with learning to count. You can download the information below in 13 different languages from this webpage.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Don’t worry if your singing voice is rusty or out of tune, it doesn’t matter and the more you sing with your child the more confident you will become. 
  • If you don’t know the tune try looking them up on YouTube. You can always make up your own songs, or just sing along to the radio together.
  • Star tip: If you know any songs or rhymes in another language, sing those with your child too.
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Incy Wincy Spider

Act out the lyrics while you sing them, or make your own spider and drainpipe together using things like yoghurt pots, wool and kitchen roll tubes. You can find a video of the song with actions on YouTube below.

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

And Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again.

Watch Incy Wincy Spider on YouTube
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Did you know?

Songs and rhymes can help to teach your child about the world? You can make animal noises in Old MacDonald Had A Farm and count the fish in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive!

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