Lytham, 15th October: Older more traditional nursery rhymes, are a hit with modern parents, according to a survey published by Talking Tots, one of the UK’s fastest-growing toddler activity group.
In a survey of 1,000 parents of pre-schoolers, nearly all parents sharing rhymes with their children were taught the rhymes by their parents and were recalling them from their childhood. Most parents use accompanying finger actions when saying rhymes with their children.
“Parents often don’t realise how important traditional nursery rhymes are. Sharing rhymes with children stimulates their memory, vocabulary, social and emotional skills, giving them a real head start in their language development,”
The survey revealed that the UK’s favourite Nursery Rhyme is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The rhyme was created by two sisters called Ann and Jane Taylor and was first published in 1806.
To help parents make the most of the UK’s most popular rhymes, Talking Tots has put together a free download of Nursery Rhymes & accompanying actions with advice on using Nursery Rhymes to help stimulate communication and language skills. Parents can download the top 3 “Action Finger Nursery Rhymes” and free guide and enter a competition to win £200 of toys. For more details, see www.talkingtots.info
Key Survey Findings:
- Overwhelming majority of parents teaching their children traditional nursery rhymes were taught them by their parents.
- Very few parents use the internet to discover traditional nursery rhymes, preferring to use books, if they were unsure from memory.
- Over 70% of parents do the accompanying actions with the rhyme
The Top 5 Nursery Rhymes:
Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star - first published 1806
Incey Wincey Spider - first published 1948
Round and round the garden - first published 1948
Baa Baa Black Sheep - first published 1744
Hickory Dickory Dock - first published 1744
About the Survey:
Talking Tots surveyed 1,000 parents of pre-school children in May & June 2012 by email and at Talking Tots classes. Full details are available on request.
Tracey Park and Lisa Houghton are available for interview and can comment on the survey findings as well as providing advice to parents on what makes a great bedtime story for toddlers at various stages of development. PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
About Talking Tots
Talking Tots is the UK’s fastest growing pre-school activity franchise, operating in over 30 UK locations, and with more classes launching every month. The company was launched by Tracey Park and Lisa Houghton, paediatric speech and language experts.
Recent government research found that up to 50% of children starting primary school do not have the communication skills needed to learn effectively. Common problems include children not speaking clearly in sentences, struggling to follow directions, and being unable to take turns with other children.
To find a local Talking Tots class, please visit www.talkingtots.info or contact Talking Tots on 01253 735 355. For press enquiries, case studies and photography, please contact the Talking Tots press office on firstname.lastname@example.org