Activity 3.3

Action Rhymes

Action rhymes are short rhymes that are matched with body movement. The actions can help your toddler remember the songs, as they link the action to each word. They can also build up your toddler’s understanding of the meaning of the words, as the actions often mirror the words,

Example: Twinkle, twinkle little star (hands in the air waving fingers)

Action rhymes are often good for toddlers who find it hard to keep still, as they keep hands and other parts of the body busy.

There are lots of action rhymes:

When I stretch up, I feel so tall (Reach high)
When I bend down, I feel so small (Bend over)
Taller, Taller, Taller, Taller (Reach up high)
Smaller, Smaller, Smaller, Smaller (Get low on the floor)
Into a tiny ball

Little, Bigger, Biggest

A little ball (make a ball with finger and thumb – use tiny voice)
A bigger ball (make a ball with 2 hands – use a normal voice)
And a great big ball (make a ball with arms – use a loud voice)
Now help me count them.
One, two, three! (Repeat gestures and voices for each size)

Big clocks go (hands over head in a circle)
Tick, tock (with a loud, deep, slow voice)
Tick, tock
Tick, tock
Medium clocks go (touch thumbs and fingers on opposite hands)
Tick, tock (with a normal voice at usual speed)
Tick, tock
Tick, tock
And little clocks go (make circle with finger and thumb)
Tick, tock (with a high, squeaky, fast voice)
Tick, tock
Tick, tock

See more action rhymes

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