What to do with this activity?
Watch this simple rhyme about "five little snowmen" and learn the hand movements to go with it. Your baby will love hearing your voice and seeing you do the movements.
For another version of "five little snowmen" that will get your toddler on the move, click here. At this age your child won't know their numbers, but hearing counting songs will help them become familiar with numbers in a fun way.
Five little snowmen standing in a line
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, so fine (count out your fingers)
Melting in the sunshine with a sigh (sink down to the floor as if you are melting)
“We’ll see you next year. Bye, bye.” (wave goodbye)
Continue with "four little snowmen", "three little snowmen" and so on, replacing the numbers with "sh" as they melt away. Then sing the last verse with actions.
One little snowman left in the line
"One, sh, sh, sh, sh", so fine
Melting in the sunshine with a sigh
"We'll see you next year. Bye, bye."
Why am I doing this?
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
How can I do more?
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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