Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge

Bradford Libraries Rhyme challenge

Get singing, get rhyming, get talking, get reading…

The Rhyme Challenge is a fun way to introduce children and families to rhymes. Rhymes may be new to families or forgotten, and they require help to build up confidence to have a go themselves.

Young children learn best through seeing someone they know well doing things, and through repetition.

Rhymes can be shared almost anywhere – in the car or bus, the bath, in the supermarket. You can use rhymes during less popular activities to encourage children, for example, tidy up time, nappy changing, going to bed.

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Welcome to this year’s Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge. If you are a parent, why not join in with the challenge at a library near you – see dates below.

Burley Library – 1.45pm on Tuesday 7, 14, 21 January and 4 February
Wyke Library – 2pm on Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 January
Wrose Library – 10.45am on Saturday 11, 25 January and 8, 22 February
Menston Library – 10.30am on Saturday 11, 25 January and 8, 22 February
Bingley Library – 10.30am on Tuesday 14, 21, 28 January and 4 February
City Library – 10am on Wednesday 15, 22, 29 January and 5 February
Ilkley Library – 10.30am on Saturday 18, 25 January and 1, 8 February
Eccleshill Library – 2pm on Monday 20, 27 January and 3, 10 February
Shipley Library – Toddlers 10am on Wednesday 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February
Shipley Library – Babies 10.45am on Wednesday 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February
Holme Wood Library – 10am on Friday 24, 31 January and 7, 14 February
Wibsey Library – 2pm on Thursday 30 January and 6, 13, 27 February
Baildon Library – 2.30pm on Thursday 30 January and 6, 13, 27 February
Manningham Library – 2.30pm on Thursday 6, 13, 20 February and 5 March
Clayton Library – 10am on Thursday 6, 13, 27 February and 5 March
Thornton Library – 11am on Wednesday 12, 26 February and 4, 11 March
Laisterdyke Library – 9.30am on Tuesday 18. 25 February and 3, 10 March
Idle Library – 2pm on Monday 2, 9, 16, 23 March
Keighley Library – 11am on Saturday 29 Feb, 7, 14, 21 March
Great Horton Library – 11am on Wednesday 4, 11, 18, 25 March

You can also take the challenge at a local toddler group or nursery between September 2019 and March 2020.

If you are an Early Years Setting and want a pack please contact

If you wish to complete the challenge without the pack – just download the Rhyme Challenge Instructions below.

Want to hear the Rhymes? Watch YouTube videos of each rhyme.  

There are also some crafts available, to go with the rhymes. You can view pictures of the crafts below:

The benefits of rhymes

  • Rhymes are often repetitive and make the words easier to learn, especially when they are sung.
  • They are a fun way for a child to acquire language skills and great building blocks for future learning.
  • Most rhymes involve some physical interaction, which adds fun, surprise and anticipation.
  • They give children a sense of story with a beginning, middle and end and an awareness of sounds.
  • Rhymes introduce numbers, colours, shapes, animals, parts of the body etc.
  • Help develop concentration and listening skills.
  • They help parents to overcome feeling shy or awkward when talking to very young children.
  • Help parents and carers realise how important they are as their child’s first teacher.
  • Sharing rhymes help bonding and togetherness between children and parents and carers.

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