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Ring-a-ring-o-roses

Nursery rhyme

Ring-a-ring-o-roses

What to do with this activity?

This is a very old nursery rhyme with actions.

Hold hands and say the words while you go around in a circle together. Make the "a-tishoo" sneeze nice and dramatic. For the line "we all fall down", collapse on the ground (usually in giggles). For the line "we all jump up", jump as high as you can go. Here are the words: 

Ring-a-ring-o-roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all jump up. 

There are lots of different version of this rhyme, especially of the second verse. If you know another version, continue to enjoy that one. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.

  • How can I do more?

    Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.

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