Nursery rhyme

# Two little dickey birds

### What to do with this activity?

Two little dickey birds is an action song your baby will enjoy, and it will make the idea of counting fun. It's a hiding game, always a favourite with babies, so make the disappearance and re-appearance of the birds as dramatic as you like. Talk about the real small birds you see so that your child will know that's what the song is about. Here are the actions described. Encourage your child to copy the actions along with you.

Sit facing your child. Make a fist with each hand, but hold up your two pointing (index) fingers (one to represent each dickey bird).

Two little dickey birds sitting on the wall (wiggle your two pointing fingers)
One named Peter (wiggle one pointing finger)
The other named Paul (wiggle the other pointing finger)
Fly away Peter (move your hand behind your back so Peter flies away!)
Fly away Paul (same with Paul!)
Come back Peter (then bring back your hand with Peter)
Come back Paul (bring back Paul!)"

Here is an animated video of the song

• #### 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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