Hurry Scurry Little Mouse

2015 ANOTHER YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE KEY MESSAGES



These key messages were sourced from the Northern Territory “Tune into Little Ones” Key messages about children poster (2014) and Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story developed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) now known as the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCAEEC)

Key Message 1 - THE FIRST FEW YEARS LAST A LIFE TIME


The development of a child’s brain determines who they become and how they behave.  The quality, frequency and timing of their early experiences – both good and bad – influence how they learn to control their emotions, get on with other people and solve problems.

Every child needs someone who thinks they are just wonderful – the best child in the world!  Having lots of fun, caring and interactive times with a child leads to a healthy bonding between a carer and a child – this can lead to a child having a positive self-image.  

This security and safety comes from the family or carer attending to a child’s need and expressing their love for a child in a predictable and consistent way.

Chanting this simple rhyme combined with gentle touch every day will help your attachment.   The rhyme can become a goodnight ritual in your house. Always chant the rhyme a number of times.



HURRY SCURRY LITTLE MOUSE

Hurry scurry little mouse
Starts down at your toes
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past your knees it goes
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is

Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a …………………….Mousy kiss!!
 
Gives you a Mousy Hug
Gives you a Mousy Cuddle 
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 Choose a quiet time to say this rhyme – just before a sleep would be a good time.  With your child laying on your lap or on a bed or cot, use gentle mousie fingers to touch the different parts of your child’s body as you chant the rhyme. Give your child a great big, slobbery kiss at the end of the rhyme. Or change to a hug or a cuddle.

 If you hesitate before the kiss this will help your child to learn prediction skills.  This simple rhyme also helps children to learn the names of the body parts as you touch and say the word – providing a multisensory experience. Children learn language much better with multisensory activities.

Try these rhymes too! 

TICKLE ME
Tickle me, tickle me, tickle me too
It’s fun to be tickled – cos I LOVE YOU!
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Substitute other loving actions to increase vocabulary and multi-sensory experiences!  Hug me, cuddle me, rock me, kiss me, snuggle me.  Children could start to choose which action they want or like.

YOU’RE MY STAR
You’re my star, my moon, my sun
Mummy loves you very much
My special little one
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You could substitute other family members – daddy, grandma, brother, sister, aunty, the dog, teddy bear!!  This rhyme would be a good rhyme to chant while you are cuddling tightly staring into each other's eyes.  

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN 

AND ENJOY BEING WITH EACH OTHER. 

TIME IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE A CHILD.