NURSERY rhymes and children’s songs are not just fun to sing they are also educational tools.
According to Lisa Kendall, a member of Huddersfield children’s entertainment group the Hey Diddles, songs and rhymes stimulate young minds.
“Small children take to singing quite naturally,” she explained. “They memorise nursery rhymes and children’s songs easily through hearing them over and over. Without knowing it they are learning new words and their capacity for imagining and wonder is enhanced.”
Which is why the Hey Diddles incorporate action songs and rhymes into their performances.
This winter the members of the group - Lisa, Sally Norton and Mel Brockway - are producing a Christmas show for pre-schoolers in the Holme and Colne Valleys. Two of the numbers in the show will be performed using the sign language Macaton.
The show, which is loosely based around the famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, was staged last weekend at the Denby Dale Pie Hall.
And because tickets for two shows at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Sunday, December 23 had sold out, the performances have been switched to the larger downstairs hall meaning that a further 60 tickets have been released for each of the 2pm and 4pm shows.
You can also see the group at Slaithwaite Civic Hall on Saturday, December 22. Tickets from the Holmfirth Tourist Information Office, telephone 01484 222444.