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Five Little Owls ~ counting song

The full moon's shining bright and five little owls come out to dance. Count the owls on your fingers, dance to their song with them, bounce a little baby on your knee. These little owls are full of fun.

Five Little Owls is the title track of the album of the same name. Together with Helen MacGregor we made a sleepy little collection of counting songs. It is partnered by the lively album, Five Little Frogs. There's lots of clever maths in them both for little children and loads of fun for babies and toddlers. Find them here on this site under Books+CDs or under Downloads.

The song, Five Little Owls, uses both cardinal numbers, one-five, and the ordinal numbers, first-fifth. With a toddler, count the owls on your fingers together. Which is the first owl ~ owl number one? Is it your thumb? Your little finger? Can you count them out of bed (uncurl them out of your palm), dance them, then count them back down into bed?

Bounce a little baby on your knee or stand and dance baby in your arms. It's good exercise and it's a happy way to cheer you both up on a difficult day ~ or maybe even a difficult night, though you might like to hum the owls quietly to sleep.

The album, Five Little Owls, includes many numeracy skills: ordering, pairing, counting, matching, adding, taking away, evens, odds, ordinal and cardinal numbers, comparison of shape, size and position. Who'd have thought there could be so much maths hidden inside songs for little people?

Try taking away jellyfish, counting up sheep, number-matching stars, joining the goats on top of the bus on a mystery bus ride.


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