They’ve been passed down from generation to generation as a source of entertainment and education in the lives of young children. This week, we’ll be celebrating the good old-fashioned nursery rhyme with World Nursery Rhyme Week!
The campaign, which runs 9 November to 13 November, aims to highlight and celebrate the importance of nursery rhymes in the lives of young children. In our modern world, as the focus shifts to technolog, the nursery rhymes run the risk of being forgotten. Over the years, studies have shown that nursery rhymes are beneficial to children in terms of helping them build language, communication, social and emotional skills. Not only that, but they’re a lot of fun!
Music Bugs, a company that provides sensory and interactive classes to children, is the main sponsor of World Nursery Rhyme Week. Its staff are passionate about nursery rhymes – and insist the sillier the better – and founded the campaign to help ensure the rhymes are not overlooked. Last year, over 446,000 children took part from 31 different countries around the world and, this year, they want even more people to get involved.
Anyone who works with or has children under the age of seven can take part. All you have to do is complete the short registration form here and you’ll be sent a link to a free, downloadable resource pack including mp3 downloads for this year’s five chosen nursery rhymes, presentations, colouring in pages and songbooks.
So let’s dust off those long forgotten rhymes and share our favourite songs with a new generation!