Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Babies and children are pre-programmed to play. It is how they achieve all the skills they need to grow from little people to big people. Anticipation games are great at eliciting laughter and a sense of fun and sharing. Babies love anticipation, but they love familiar anticipation even more. With repetition your baby will reward you by being able to respond to the song in the right places along with you. Young children also love to show you that they know what is coming.

Equipment required

  • Chosen rhyme


  • up to six weeks

How it works

In order for the babies to learn to anticipate the rhyme you will need to do each rhyme for a couple of weeks at least. You can either use the backing track or if you prefer sing the rhyme together unaccompanied. Really try to build the anticipation with your voices to engage the babies and children.

What to do in the class

Suggested rhymes

  • 5 little Monkeys (rhyme not the song)
  • 5 Fat Sausages
  • Jack in a Box
  • Round and Round the Garden
  • Slowly Slowly
  • Row Row Row

Training Videos

Five Fat Sausage-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Jack In A Box-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Round And Round The Garden-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Slowly Slowy-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Row Row Row Babies-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Adaptations for older/younger children

No required

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptations necessary