Guessing the sun might be out today – here is a song to celebrate, or to make us feel better if it turns out rainy!
A great one to dance around to this one, and to share with loved ones out and about (following physical distancing guidance of course)
Or you can stay home and have fun drawing or chatting about the weather
Sometimes life just does not make sense, and today’s rhyme certainly doesn’t!
Children enjoy nonsense, and it is a great way to play with language and let off steam at the same time
Hearing different sounds and how they fit together is an important foundation for reading and spelling.
And there is lots of play you can try after. Maybe not over the moon, but can you jump over a stick (how high?) or a puddle?
You can even do jumping contests out and about with loved ones while keeping a 2m distance
Ever just feel like you could lie down and have a snooze?
Today’s song is all about the difference between being quiet and still and bouncing around. This is great fun, and also helps children develop skills to manage their levels of activity and feelings
And a chance to chat and learn about different animals and how they move about. A great one to do out and about with family or friends at a 2 metre distance too
Words, tune and two versions to watch (including one with signing) are on the downloadable sheet
A story and a song today that can take you almost anywhere!
It is about finding out who we are and how we fit in. And about how we can cope when things go wrong, or people are unkind – about not giving up
Or it is about how we change as we grow and learn new things
Or about birds, wildlife and nature
Mainly it is a fun way to enjoy a story or singing a song together, and along the way your child will learn lots about words and sequences too
A song today to get us all moving, and a great one to share if social distancing with family or friends outdoors
It is the kind that gets stuck in your head – great for learning body parts and about rhyme and rhythm.
As you get good at the song, you can start to miss out the words – ” …, shoulders, knees and toes”. This develops coordination and attention.
And how fast can you go?
Words, music and a video to watch are on the downloadable sheet
Never mind the Tiger who came to tea, how about an elephant?
We have a couple of elephant songs today that will get your child moving about, learning about words, coordination – but hopefully not knocking things over
Words and music videos are on the sheet and some play ideas to take the learning further – dress up as an elephant, look for big and small things, or see how much you can find out about animals!
With the warm weather this week, we may get some thunderstorms …
But if not, we can still have fun singing about thunder, making a noise and exploring whatever weather we do end up with
Words, tune and videos on the downloadable sheet below – and some ideas how to take this further with chats and play about rain and shine
We’ve had all the weather the last week – snow, hail, sunshine. And if we are lucky, there are some rainbows about too
Rainbows are even more special right now as a sign of hope and the love and care we have for each other
The great thing is, even if there isn’t one in the sky – you can sing your own!
Today we have a lovely song that helps your child learn about colours and rhythms. But it is also a really comforting one to sing or dance to together
Lots of play ideas for drawing and for finding out too
Scottish Book Trust have done a nice version with Makaton on this link
Some helpful frogs are going to sing along with us today so we can learn about numbers and about nature – and have fun jumping too!
You can act out this song, and take it outside – or move on to looking up facts about frogs and toads
Whether you sing like an opera star or a toad in a pond, it is a great way to have fun with your child while they learn
And some cut out pictures to play with too:
A fun rhyme today about some naughty sheep who get lost – poor Little Bo Peep!
Losing things and finding them is all part of life, and this is a gentle way for children to learn about it and how to cope
And we have some ideas for turning this into a game of hide-and-seek, or lose-and-seek, that you can play indoors or out
If playing outdoors, always follow the latest health advice of course
Today a helpful mouse will show us how to count, tell the time and also anticipate and make predictions
This is a fun song to sing together – the sheet has some examples of words and tune you can use
We also have a sheet to help your child understand about telling the time, and you can cut out clock faces to explore further
An old favourite today that is great for developing ideas of up and down, finger movements, learning about weather …
But most children will want to know about the creepy crawlies, so we have some ideas for how you can explore that too!
Remember it does not matter if you sing like a drainpipe – your child will love to do this song with you. Words and actions are on the sheet, or you can find them on this link too
An old favourite today. But one that is great for sparking curiosity and conversations about animals, farms, and where our clothes come from
A bit of history too, and some ideas to explore further
How many different versions can you make up with different animals and colours?
Off on a journey in a little rowing boat – who will we meet?
This simple song has movements you can do together. It is very soothing, and helps children learn all about rhymes and words, as well as how to coordinate movement with another.
You can add your own to each verse – who knows where you will end up today!
You might be an opera singer or an undiscovered Rod Stewart, or have a voice like a rusty door – your child will still love to sing with you!
Rhymes and songs are great for learning. They make us feel good and forget our worries for a bit. But also, they help children understand about patterns, words and sounds
Every story has a pattern to it, so you will be preparing your child for a lifetime of successful reading and writing. As well as having a laugh and some fun
Not sure of the tune or the words? Click here for a funny version by the BBC
Don’t like farm animals? Pick any – the more the better!