It’s National Poetry Day on 4 October and this year the theme is stars.
We love poetry and rhymes at Booktrust – not only do they help children learn to read, they're also fun for everyone to join in. That's why we include a rhyme poster in every Bookstart Baby Pack and support libraries to hold fun, free Rhymetime events for families everywhere.
Why make time for rhyme?
- Help your child learn and develop – rhymes are often repetitive, making the words easier to learn.
- Support social skills – your child will naturally learn about taking turns and joining in
- Gets your child ready for school – Rhyme, rhythm and repetition help to develop reading skills
- They’re fun for all – everyone can join having fun with rhymes, with no special skills required!
Have fun with Bookstart's rhyming activities
Enjoy rhymes at home with these beautifully-illustrated Bookstart Rhymetimes sheets. Includes 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', 'The Grand Old Duke of York' and many more favourites!
Fun with Rhymes
Listen or readalong to some of your favourite rhymes, including 'Humpty Dumpty' and 'This Little Piggy'.
And if you love these, there are more fun rhyming games you can play by joining the free online Bookstart Bear Club.