Baa Baa Black Sheep Rhyme & Story Sack
This story sack based on Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme is a fun way to explore this classic song.
Story Sacks (also known as Treasure Boxes / Treasure Baskets) are a great way of introducing stories & rhymes. They not only support language development, but also make reading more meaningful & adds to the fun! The story sacks can be left out (as appropriate & safe) once opened & explored, so children can keep going back to them as they please.
In our Baa Baa Black Sheep Story Sack we put:
- A Shaun the Sheep [DVD]
- Books about sheep – see my Recommended Books section for some fab ideas!
- Toy Sheep – plastic ones, wooden ones & cuddly ones!
- Stick Puppets – based on the different parts of the nursery rhyme
- Baa Baa Black sheep song & actions Rhyme Sheet
Baa Baa Black Sheep Rhyme
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Video of the nursery rhyme
- Baa Baa Black sheep rhyme & actions Rhyme Sheet
- Selection of musical instruments
1) Set up the video, rhyme sheet & instruments
HOW TO PLAY:
Watch the video & sing along.
You could do some Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme actions & repeat these numerous times so that little ones can start trying to copy & join in. This gives them lots of practise at developing their language skills & counting to 3.
Make your own Baa Baa Black Sheep Orchestra by playing along to the nursery rhyme! Let your child choose various instruments to play while you sing the Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme. See if they can copy you, for example tap a toy tambourine against your leg.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Stick Puppets pictures
- Straws / lollipop sticks.
1) Print & cut out our stick puppets (or make your own)
2) Glue to some cardboard & then stick to straws / lollipop sticks.
HOW TO PLAY:
Re-tell & sing the rhyme using the stick puppets. We handed each character a ‘bag of wool’. See if your toddler will join in as this is a great way of beginning to develop early maths skills.
MAKE IT EASIER:
Babies are never too young for listening to rhymes & as they start to be aware of their surroundings, you can help them explore story sacks. However, is your child too young to do the actions &/or use stick puppets/instruments etc.? Try these ideas:
- Use the stick puppets to act out the rhyme yourself, encouraging baby to watch to help develop eye tracking
- Tap instruments against different parts of their body as you sing the rhyme
MAKE IT HARDER:
Is your child ready to stretch their imagination & language further? Try these ideas:
- Use the stick puppets to create their own puppet show. Extend this further by making up their own story with the props.
- Give your child a printed copy of the nursery rhyme. Using a small toy sheep, place it onto the word ‘SHEEP’ every time you sing it to start developing word recognition.
What are you helping your little one to do?
- Develop language skills through imaginary role-play & joining in with familiar rhymes
- Promote physical development (gross & fine motor skills) by copying actions
- Develop the concept of 1:1 correspondence (the matching of one object or number word to another)
- Develop an enjoyment of reading
- Explore new objects & learn how to play with them
What other items will you put in your Baa Baa Black Sheep story sack?
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