Fingerplays with nonsense sounding words and rhymes like "hickory dickory", "oopsey-doopsey" and "okey-dokey" are helpful in developing the ability to hear the similarities and differences between the sounds that make up words.
Hickory dickory dock, (Bend arm up at elbow)
The mouse ran up the clock, (Run fingers up arm)
The clock struck one, (Clap loudly once)
The mouse ran down, (Run fingers back down arm)
Hickory dickory dock.
The clock struck two, the mouse said, “BOO!”
The clock struck three, the mouse said, “WHEE!”
The clock struck four, the mouse said, “NO MORE!”
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