26 September 2007Add to My Folder
Use these exciting ideas alongside the ‘Animal rhymes’ soundtrack
The songs on this stimulating soundtrack 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.
The ants go marching in
Communication, Language and Literacy
Scholastic Resource Bank: Early Years - subscribe today!
- Over 2,000 early years resources, activity ideas and games
- Perfect for anyone working or playing with children from 0 to 5 years old
- Unlimited access – only £15 per year!