Another week has flown by and it’s time for a new kids blog entry. This week I have the privilege of writing another pram jam blog. As Chantelle posted an excellent (and adorable) blog about cats last week, I thought I’d stretch it out a bit to the wider theme of Animals.

People generally like animals (you know, lovely people like you and me) but children are absolutely amazed and fascinated by them – if sometimes just a little scared too! And when they come across one they’ve never seen before they have a million questions just bursting to get out! Or, if they are the age of our pram jam audience, a pointing finger and one gurgled question: “what dat?!”

To answer this question and maybe a few more, our animal board books are a great place to start. Here are some selections: animals book cover 1

Baby’s very first touchy-feely animals book / illustrated by Stella Baggott ; designed by Katrina Fearn

animals book 2

Favourite animals / illustrated by Belinda Worsley

For animal rhymes it’s hard to go past the classic “Old MacDonald” – make sure you make all the right noises as you sing along.

Old MacDonald had a Farm

farmer and animals

Old MacDonald had a farm  E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow  E-I-E-I-O
With a moo moo here  And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo  Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm  E-I-E-I-O

a chicken – cluck cluck;    a sheep – baa baa;   a dog – woof woof;    a horse – neigh neigh;    a pig – oink oink

This next rhyme is one I like to do at our pram jam sessions at Success each week and it can get very tricky – sometimes even we amazing adults can’t get it right! In the chorus of the rhyme we spell out the letters of the dog’s name, “B-I-N-G-O” and each time we repeat it we replace a letter with a “clap!”

B – I – N – G – O !

dog sitting

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O       B-I-N-G-O      B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-I-N-G-O,   (clap)-I-N-G-O,   (clap)-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)

   Tip – you don’t have to add the claps in order, after a few goes add them randomly; it increases the complexity and is a great learning challenge.

If you have a favourite animal book or rhyme, please share it with us.