From as young as six months babies will love action rhymes like ‘Round and Round the Garden’, ‘Pat-a-Cake’, or ‘This Little Piggy Went to Market’. These songs and rhymes are great for encouraging interaction and developing communication skills. As children grow and develop hearing these songs and see the actions they will start to join in.
One of the easiest motor actions is clapping and one of the most popular songs that incorporates this is ‘If You’re Happy and You Know’ it which also includes the gross motor actions of stamping feet and nodding your head.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is another popular song that gets children moving and learning body parts at the same time!
Songs that can include a multitude of actions eg ‘Copy, copy, copy me do’ and ‘Everybody Do This’ are great for introducing new motor movements as the repetitive nature of the song makes it easy for children to learn and then they can use imitation skills to practice new motor skills. Copying finger movements will strengthen muscles, increase dexterity and help children develop control of fine motor movements.
Other favourite action songs and rhymes are ‘Insey Winsey Spider’, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.
What are your favourites?