Grow a new song!

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By Margaret Watchornmusician and learning consultant

Let your imagination flourish and explore the theme of growth by adapting some familiar songs and rhymes


Girl singing


In this article:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication, Language and Literacy
  3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  5. Physical Development
  6. Creative Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Knees up, Mother Brown

Old photos

You will need a basket or bag containing a photograph of each child when they were a baby or toddler – add one of yourself, too! Sit together in a group and pull out one at a time, singing:

Who’s this lovely baby/toddler?

Whoever can it be?

Are you somewhere in this room?

Is it you or me?

Discuss who it might be – are there any clues? Then give the correct child their photograph to show to everyone, and sing together:

Look how much you’ve grown,

Look how much you’ve grown,

You were smaller, now you’re taller,

Look how much you’ve grown!’

Once the children are familiar with the song, adapt the words, ‘You were smaller, now you’re taller’ with a different line to reflect each child’s special character or strengths, such as ‘You’re so very good at sharing’. Make each child feel truly special!


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