The Poetry Basket

The Poetry Basket

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If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.

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The Poetry Basket consists of thirty-six videos containing poems with actions for children aged 3 to 6. The scheme is designed to be used over an academic year, with twelve poems selected for each of the three terms. Performed by MakeBelieve Arts Artistic Director Trisha Lee, these poems include many lesser-known children’s rhymes from anonymous authors.

As you watch the films, you will have the opportunity to learn the words and actions so that you can share these with the children in your care. You will also be able to download a printable booklet containing the word to the poems used in each term.

We hope you have as much fun learning these rhymes, and sharing them with your children as we had in creating this resource.

The Poetry Basket includes:

  • 36 videos demonstrating poems and actions across the seasons
  • Three downloadable poetry booklets ensuring you have the words to hand when you introduce the rhymes to your children
  • A printable certificate when all 36 poems are marked complete