World Nursery Rhyme Week 2016 – Two Little Dicky Birds

We’re celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week 2016 by creating Story Massage activities from five popular nursery rhymes. Today’s choice is Two Little Dicky Birds. 

Creating a Nursery Rhyme Story Massage

This story massage was developed on a training day by staff from Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Ysgol Pen Coch, a special school in Wales. It is an ideal activity for Early Years.

Above you can see Anna, an Early Librarian, James, an Early Years Library Assistant, working together with Natalie, a Teaching Assistant, to link the ten basic Story Massage strokes to the words of the nursery rhyme. They practiced the nursery rhyme on each other and then used the stickers to write it down. After the training day they all felt very excited about sharing Story Massage ideas with families and children at work and at home.

Two Little Dicky Birds

Two Little Dicky Birds in Action

And now you can Anna, and Early Years Librarian, and Lynne, a Teacher, demonstrating the nursery rhyme as a simple story massage. Look to see how the strokes illustrate the words of Two Little Dicky Birds. So easy and effective.

More about Story Massage

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of Story Massage. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Walk or The Bounce, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all ages and abilities. Our Story Massage book contains instructions with illustrations for the strokes and over 25 massage stories. It is available from the resources page of our website. Story Massage Book

If you would like to introduce Story Massage in your home or work, then we hold a one day training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach the Story Massage strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some massage stories of your own. Story Massage Training

More about World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week is a free initiative sponsored by Music Bugs (sensory music classes for children) and supported by music downloads and worksheets from Piccolo Music. The aim is to promote the important role that nursery rhymes play in early childhood by helping children master key skills such as language and communication and social, physical and emotional skills.

To find out more about how you can be involved in World Nursery Rhyme Week please visit the website: World Nursery Rhyme Week

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