Can you remember the first songs and rhymes you ever learned? ‘Round and Round the Garden Like a Teddy Bear’, ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’, ‘There Were Ten in the Bed’. Their repetition and finger play make them hard to forget.
It is surprising how many of our childhood favourites involved counting and numbers but they do a lot more than introduce numeracy. Singing to children has been proven to aid child development.
Daniel Dwase, editor of the online Child Development Guide, agreed that nursery rhymes set to music assist in the development of a child’s speech and teaches them about tone, beat and rhythm. Add actions and “encourage your child to dance along to the music, they will learn balance, co-ordination, body awareness and rhythm.”
We have been asking our friends and followers to share their favourite counting songs and have drawn up our own top ten. Many will be old favourites but we have added a few unfamiliar songs and rhymes for you to try with the children in your life.
10: One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four
9: Five Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day
8: Numbers Song 1 – 20
7: Numbers in the Teens
6: One Man Went to Mow
5: There Once Was a Sow
4: Watcha Gonna Do
3: Ten Fat Sausages
2: Five Little Monkeys
1: 12345 Once I Caught a Fish
Tell us about the most popular counting songs in your family. We would love to hear. Do you have your own versions of some of these classics? Let us know and happy counting.