Little Acorns UK

Rhyme time subscription

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Subscribe to our rhyme time subscription and you'll receive a rhyme time bag delivered directly to your door each month - choose either a one off or subscribe for 3 months and save 5% or for 6 months and save 10%. 

Our rhyme for May is Zoom, Zoom We’re Going to the Moon and includes a song card, wooden disc moon and Little Stories rocket, star and astronaut  

Rhyme time bags include a song book or song card and props, puppets or toys to help bring the song to life.

We'll have a different nursery rhyme or action song each month and all will be based on favourite songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Five Little Ducks and Old McDonald..

Subscriptions will be posted out in the first week of the month. Your first storysack will be posted to you the month after we receive your first payment (for example, if you sign up in January your first storysack will be posted at the beginning of February).

Please note: If you order other items at the same time as your first rhyme time bag these items will be posted with your storysack. If you require items to be delivered before your rhyme time bag please create a separate order and pay usual postage costs.  Discount codes cannot be used on subscription orders. 

Your subscription payment will be collected at the same time each month. 

Why are songs and rhymes important?

Babies are born with a natural ability to appreciate music, and early exposure to music plays a crucial role in ‘wiring’ your baby’s brain for learning.

For example, singing songs teaches children about how language is put together. When you sing, words and phrases are slowed down and are easier for your baby to understand.

Singing together regularly helps them to build up a vocabulary of sounds and words long before they’re actually able to understand the meaning.

Listening to music also helps to put babies and toddlers into a relaxed and receptive state – perfect for when you want to try a new activity with them.

Making music together is a cheap and easy activity that can provide a wonderful bonding experience for you to share.

Singing with your baby

Encourage your baby to clap along and move to the beat as you sing together.

For younger babies, pick songs and rhymes with a simple, steady beat and lots of repetitive language, and for older ones try more energetic songs with more varied beats, tone and rhythms.

Watch your baby as you sing. What are they doing? Try to let them take the lead, if they clap, you clap. If they roll over, you roll over.

Mirroring your baby like this will increase their self-esteem and self-confidence and encourage more of the same.

Using action rhymes and songs

Toddlers love rhymes! Singing and chanting together isn’t just fun – it’s a great way to introduce children to new words. Research has shown that the wider a child’s vocabulary is, the better reader they’re likely to become.

Rhymes also teach children how particular words sound, and shows them that changing a letter will make a rhyming word with a new meaning (e.g. ‘cat’ could become ‘hat’, or ‘moo’ become ‘boo!’) – this will help them when they come to learn letters and sounds at school.

Use rhymes at any time - they're a great way of keeping your child happy in the supermarket queue and a handy trick to have up your sleeve when boredom strikes! 

Rhymes and songs can also help remind children of day-to-day routines or tasks like brushing your teeth or getting ready for nursery.

Try personalising the action rhymes you choose. So, when doing 'Incy Wincy Spider' - with fingers and hands moving upwards, just like the spider travelling up the spout – say your child's name instead of 'Incy Wincy'.

You could even name the whole family. Children often find this very funny - the strangeness of it appeals to their sense of humour.