As well as reading lots of books, a great thing to do with your children is create a variety of story sacks. Buying these is VERY expensive and there really is no need when you can just make them yourself very easily. The first of my posts about story sacks is the ‘Nursery Rhyme Sack.’ Our sack is based around the particular nursery rhymes in the book we read a lot of (pictured below). J and I read the book and made a list of all the characters and props we would need. If I was doing this with a younger child, I would simplify it by choosing one or two nursery rhymes from the book and use a smaller sack. See if you can name some of the nursery rhymes after looking at the picture below!! For a list of the contents of the bag – see the bottom of this post (many of the props and characters are used in more than one nursery rhyme)…
Once we had collected everything, we simply put it in the sack, along with the book and said we’d play with it later! J was all ‘nursery rhymed’ out by the time we had made the sack!! Now we have it though, we have an activity on hand whenever we want it! It didn’t take long before J asked if we could get the Nursery Rhyme sack out!
J began by getting the book out and choosing a nursery rhyme! I let J lead how we used the sack as it really doesn’t matter! Once he had chosen ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ he began searching for the characters and props! The clock was first out!! I wondered how long this organisation would last! Answer? Straight after he ‘acted’ the first nursery rhyme, J tipped the contents all over the floor! It was much easier for him to find things this way!
J decided that we should make a video of the nursery rhymes for G to learn them too!! He is so sweet. You can view some of the video’s here! The hilarious part of ‘Humpty Dumpty’ in the video is, for some reason, he stopped saying the rhyme and just went into his own version which involved a lot of crashing and banging!! He also made up his own version of ‘Incey Wincey Spider’ and some how Mummy is now in it!
J loves nursery rhymes and he likes the fact he can recite them by heart! He often ‘performs’ them for family and he is delighted by their response!! It is really important for children to learn nursery rhymes by heart. Research, by experts in child development, suggests that children who know at least eight nursery rhymes by the age of four are amongst the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they reach key stage two.
Nursery Rhymes (NR) are great for developing early phonics skills.
NR give children the ability to hear a rhythm and patterns in language.
NR improve and extend vocabulary and allow children to speak in full sentences.
NR introduce children to rhyme, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
All that said, when should we start with the Nursery Rhymes? Now!! As early as possible! I use props even with G. She has a Baby Nursery Rhyme Sack.
You can see the video of G’s nursery rhyme by clicking here. First we played peekaboo with the bear and she was very happy!
Another example of Baby props…
What did J and G learn?
See the ‘why’ section above!!
Contents of the big Sack:
Egg, lego wall, horses, knight, dish, spoon, spider, cat, dog, moon, star, pig, pie, plum, tree, baby, chair, mouse, heart, clock, 3 bags of wool, sheep, tart, flowers, 3 boys, girl, bucket, vinegar and brown paper!