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

Overview and benefit

Learning to listen is an essential life skill.  Children that learn how to listen will be able to follow instructions and learn more from the people they interact with.  Listening is a learnt skill and children will also learn it by example. Therefore it is important that you listen to what your own child has to say to you too if you want them to return the compliment.

Equipment required

  • Just your voice

Training video

That’s Not Right Ralph-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


  • Two to three weeks                                                                                          

How it works

This exercise tests the children’s knowledge of familiar nursery rhymes and teaches them to listen carefully to spot the mistakes.

What to do in the class

Sing a familiar nursery rhyme with the children. Now explain Ralph is going try singing it but he might get the words wrong – the children have to listen and tell Ralph when he gets it wrong. E.g. “Humptey Dumptey sat on the grass” or “Twinkle Twinkle little chicken”.

Adaption for older/younger children

Only suitable for over 2’s (i.e verbal children)

What to do in a nursery setting

None required.


Possible nursery rhymes:

  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Pat a Cake
  • Round and Round the Garden
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Mary had a little Lamb