World Nursery Rhyme Week 2016 – Baa Baa Black Sheep

We’re celebrating the popular World Nursery Rhyme Week (7th -11th November 2016) by creating Story Massage activities based on five different nursery rhymes. We will be sharing one every day this week. Today’s choice is Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Nursery Rhymes as Story Massage

Nursery rhymes are ideal for creating sensory stories using our ten basic Story Massage strokes. We worked with staff from Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Ysgol Pen Coch, a special school in Wales, to create positive touch activities for World Nursery Rhyme Week 2016.

Janet, an Early Years librarian, and Sharon, a teaching assistant, used their Story Massage skills to create Baa Baa Black Sheep as a sensory story massage. You can see below how they chose stickers to indicate which strokes are associated with the words of the nursery rhyme.

Baa Baa Black Sheep Demonstrated by Early Years Librarians

And now you can see Anna and Janet, Early Years Librarians, demonstrating the actions. Look how the simple strokes illustrate the familiar words of Baa Baa Black Sheep. This is a positive touch activity with particular emphasis on asking permission and say ‘thank you’ at the end of the session.

More about Story Massage

Ten massage strokes form the basis of Story Massage. These strokes have a simple name, such as The Wave or The Bounce, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all ages and abilities. Our Story Massage book, which contains instructions with illustrations for the strokes and over 25 massage stories and nursery rhymes, 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 run a one day training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach these Story Massage strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Story Massage Training

“My passion is finding a whole variety of different ways to sing a song. I’ve found that Story Massage is a wonderful addition to my work in baby and pre-school classes and schools – helping to bring songs and nursery rhymes to life in a fun and interactive way. I would highly recommend the training day.” Abi Cotton, owner of Piccolo Music and Story Massage Instructor


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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