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World Nursery Rhyme Week

Nov. 16th - Nov. 20th

What is World Nursery Rhyme Week?

World Nursery Rhyme Week was founded and organised by Music Bugs and is observed by over 100 countries! It usually takes place in the third week of November; this year, it will begin on November 16th and run up until November 20th.

It’s a week of nothing but non-stop-rhyming-fun, with a nursery rhyme the focus of each day throughout the week. As a practitioner, you can use each rhyme as a hook to extend their learning across as many areas of development as possible.

Photographer: Andrew Ebrahim | Source: Unsplash

Are Nursery Rhymes Really That Important?

We know that singing is a lot of fun for both the child and the adult, yet the importance of nursery rhymes is often overlooked. There is ample linguistic research that proves that nursery rhymes are key for young children because they help them to learn the speech sounds of their language. A combination of rhyme and rhythm supports children’s sound and syllable recognition, which later supports them when learning how to read!

Nursery rhymes can be very powerful teaching tools, and not just for early literacy development. Rhymes can also expand a child’s language, numeracy, social, physical and emotional skills too.

Sounds Good...What Can I Do?

If you decide to register with Music Bugs or another provider then you will gain access to a number of free resources. However, you’re also free to take this week completely into your own hands! We suggest you choose 5 nursery rhymes, one for each day, and get super creative.

Here are a few ideas you could implement, depending on the age of your children. If you decided to focus on Incy, Wincy, Spider, for example, children could:

  • Act out the rhyme each day with different props (PSED) (EAD)
  • Make spiders out of black playdough, googly eyes and pipe cleaners (PD)
  • Sieve spiders out of the Sand/ Water Tray (PD)
  • Place half pipes at different heights into the Water Tray with plastic spiders, making predictions about which spider will fall into the water first and why  (UW) (C&L)
  • Make a spider ‘web’ tuff-tray using tape, ask children to take out a given number of spiders (Maths) using tweezers (PD)
  • Investigate/Predict which material is best to put under Incy Wincy so s/he doesn’t fall down the pipe – you could use blue tack, plasticine or some glue (UW) (C&L)
  • Place the correct amount of pegs on the spiders, based on the number on the spider (M)
  • Search for spiders in the Sand Tray using magnifying glasses (UW)
  • Make their own spider web with rubber bands and Geo boards (PD)
  • Make spider hand prints with black paint (EAD)
  • Where is Incy Wincy hiding? - A game to introduce prepositional language (M)

Imagine what you could do with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus etc. The possibilities are endless!

You know your children best and what they would engage with, so plan according to their interests. Most importantly, have fun and remember to sing the rhyme more than once during the day as repetition of the rhyme is key!


Children singing a song with a woman in a red dress teaching them.
Photographer: Eric Ayon | Source: Unsplash