Big Welsh Rhyme Time: What’s happening 10th to 14th February 2020
Published on: 13 January 2020 Author: BookTrust Cymru
Here at BookTrust Cymru we can’t wait for Big Welsh Rhyme Time. Our Wales-wide celebration of songs and rhymes is taking place 10th – 14th 2020. It aims to promote and encourage fun and enjoyable rhyme sharing activity for children in Wales aged 0-5, in Welsh and English.
Here’s a roundup of all the rhyming fun coming your way. We hope you’re as excited as we are!
Gruffudd Owen, Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate), is writing a special poem for Big Welsh Rhyme Time. This poem will bring the magic of rhyming words to life.
Our Big Welsh Rhyme Time competition gives a chance to win a box books for your family, school or library! We want to know what rhyme makes you smile. Our website will be open for entries throughout the Big Welsh Rhyme Time week – get your thinking caps on!
20,000 stickers and certificates will be given away to practitioners working with children and families in Wales.
With Books Council of Wales we’re putting together a booklist of our favourite rhyming books in Welsh and English. Look out for this for rhyming books you can pick up at your local library or bookshop.
We’re also going to have exciting guest blogs, videos with top tips for rhyming and social cards for everyone to share online.
Support for Big Welsh Rhyme Time 2020
‘Early Years Wales is delighted to be supporting Book Trust Cymru in celebrating the Big Welsh Rhyme Time. We know from our work that introducing rhymes into family life, toddler groups, pre-school playgroups and nurseries encourages a playful approach to language and social skills development and supports holistic development of babies and very young children. It leads to lifelong enjoyment and fun for all. We look forward to working with you.’
‘PACEY Cymru are pleased to be supporting BookTrust’s Big Welsh Rhyme Time. Learning nursery rhymes are particularly important in the early years as it provides a rich vocabulary for children. Being rhythmical allows the child to follow a tone and pattern, skills which are essential for early language development. Being offered rhymes and songs bilingually will again help further develop the skills and provide a strong foundation for speech, language and communication skills.’
‘Literature Wales is pleased to support BookTrust’s Big Welsh Rhyme Time 2020. Increasing the opportunities for children and young people to experience the joy of literature is one of our main priorities as an organisation. We’re also pleased to continue our partnership with BookTrust Cymru; working together to improve the lives and well-being of the future generations in Wales.’
‘The Books Council of Wales are thrilled to be part of the Big Welsh Rhyme Time. Offering opportunities to share stories in a fun and interactive way in the early years are vital in developing oracy skills for young readers. From contemporary rhyming storybooks to anthologies of traditional nursery rhymes, books can enrich these experiences and be a valuable tool for families and practitioners to bring rhyming to life. Simple rhymes can also provide an introduction into the Welsh language, culture and heritage, opening the door to a bilingual future.’
Join in The Big Welsh Rhyme Time
Schools, nurseries, libraries and early years settings across Wales will soon be celebrating The Big Welsh Rhyme Time. We’ll be spending the week celebrating rhymes and songs, and all the benefits that they have for children.
The Big Welsh Rhyme Time will take place from 10-14 February 2020.