Sensory play and numeracy


In this week’s sensory tray we had green rice, polished black stones, a roller and silicone pinch cups.

The children got very involved… a way I had not expected.

A couple of weeks ago, during our time for circle games a song from my childhood popped into my head.  The children are enjoying finger rhymes and I have tried to include one in our repertoire of songs and rhymes.  The children especially enjoy the counting element right now.  Anyway I introduced the song below and the children loved it.  They even ended up singing it themselves at various times throughout the rest of the morning.

The song has become so well loved we sing it every day.

As soon as the children saw the little silicone cups they started making their own ‘currant buns’, with the polished stone cherry on the top.  They then would start singing and acting out the song!

I was so inspired by this that I have tried out some other counting songs.  But none of them apparently have as much appeal as this one!


“Five currant buns in a baker’s shop.

Nice and round with a cherry on the top.

Along came ……. with a penny one day,

bought a currant bun and took it away.

Four currant buns in a baker’s shop….”


Would you like to share some fun counting and action rhymes?

Does anyone know of any counting up songs?  Most of them seem to be counting down!


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