”They know the routine, which is so important, but you get the variety in as well. You just pitch it perfectly.”
The framework of the sessions stays the same, but within that there is plenty of variety from week to week. Each session usually contains the following activities:-
Greetings songs: We sing hello to everyone, and to each child individually
Whole body sitting actions: Rocking, wobbling, shaking, bouncing, clapping, stamping stretching, hiding under the quilt… and of course saying ‘BOO!’
Hand and Finger rhymes with actions and Makaton signs: such as One Little Baby, Roly Poly Poly, Creeping, Creeping, Creeping, One Little Finger, Big Red Tractor, Here Comes the Sun, Slice Slice, Ten Little Peas, Tick Tock, Cobbler Cobbler, Rain is Falling Down, Mix a Pancake, and more…with lots of lap play and bouncy songs for the younger babies.
The Listening Box: Where are your ears? Are you ready to listen, listen, listen? (Hear the Listening Box song here! Listen)
Playing Instruments: Tambourines, castanets, drums, rainsticks, xylophones, rakataks, bells, shakers, clackers and home-made items. (Hear a song here for xylophones, about a clown going up and down the steps. Clown Song)
We Can Do Anything… We can walk, dance, spin, run, crawl, jump, pat the floor, roll, swing, fly, go upside down and ride a bike!
A Group activitiy, often with colourful and seasonal props, such as autumn leaves, spring blossom, butterflies, fish or boats in the sea, plastic circles, a giant scrunchie, balls or frogs popping off lycra, even snowballs! Hear the Bonfire Night song here: Firework Song
A Puppet: Meet the lion, dog, hippo, hedgehog, cow, snake, squirrel, crocodile, baby, maybe even Postman Pat or Santa… Guess who’s in the bag today! (Hear one of the puppet songs here. Puppet Song)
A short lullaby (usually ‘Soualle’ from Africa) followed by a Goodbye song.