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A sailor went to sea


A sailor went to sea

What to do with this activity?

"A sailor went to sea" is a great little rhyme that your three or four year old can begin to get their tongue around.  Here are the words.

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
And all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

Get them to notice that there are two different words that sound exactly the same, but have a different meaning.  "Sea" is the water that the boat sails on, and "see" is what the sailor does with his eyes. 

You can turn this into a clapping game. Don't worry if you get all muddled up like the sailor in this video. Watch how the kids do it and practise very slowly at first. Clapping games like this can develop your child's motor skills and sense of timing.  They are great fun, and soon your child will be teaching the game to their friends. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.

  • How can I do more?

    Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too. 

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