Songs & finger rhymes – Child

songs and finger rhymes childAction songs help children learn new body movements in a fun way. The rhythm of the music can help children to coordinate their movements.

Did you know?

Songs which focus on letters and numbers introduce a child to counting and phonological (sound) awareness in a fun way. Early learning of concepts, numbers and phonological awareness through play helps prepare children for activities they will do at school.

Add language

Pause in well known songs and give your child a chance to finish the song themselves.

Use words to talk about features of the song e.g. “That line has lots of words that start with the same sound” or “Those words end in the same sound – they rhyme”.

Substitute words in familiar songs to create different rhymes or create silly songs with words that all start with the same sound.

Other development

Songs and music can help teach concepts and contrasts e.g. fast/slow, stop/go, up/down, in/out, loud/soft, high/low, left/right.


Songs can also be an opportunity to tell an oral story. Having fun with your child, changing the words to a familiar song to tell you about their day is one way to do this.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. Check out songs and finger rhymes for babiestoddlers and playgroups.


Activities listed under “child” are suitable for children 3 years and older.  Children of this age enjoy more complex activities where they can develop their skills and use their imagination while playing with friends.