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"Drum!" cried Jasmine.

"Yes, we know that song, Grandpa!" said the kids.

"OK, then let's start by singing the whole song," said Grandpa.

And so they began to sing...

This old man, he played one,

He played knick knack on my drum,

With a knickknackpaddy whack, give a dog a bone,

This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two, He played knick knack on my shoe, With a knickknack., .etc.

This old man, he played three, He played knick knack on my tree, With a knickknack... etc.

This old man, he played four, He played knick knack on my door, With a knickknack., .etc.

This old man, he played five, He played knick knack on my hive, With a knickknack., .etc.

This old man, he played six, He played knick knack on my sticks,

With a knickknack... etc.

This old man, he played seven, He played knick knack up to heaven, With a knickknack., .etc.

This old man, he played eight, He played knick knack on my gate, With a knickknack... etc.

This old man, he played nine, He played knick knack on my line, With a knickknack... etc.

This old man, he played ten, He played knick knack on my hen, With a knickknack., .etc.

"You see, you already know the ten memory pegs said Grandpa.

"Kids, this song is the secret to having a good memory," said Grandpa.

"Now, I want you to close your eyes and imagine what all the memory pegs would look like," he said.

"What do you mean, Grandpa?" they asked.

"Well," said Grandpa, "for number ONE which is DRUM imagine a drum that you've seen in a musical band.

For number TWO imagine your favourite SHOE. At THREE imagine a TREE that you've seen and for number FOUR imagine a bedroom DOOR. At FIVE, which is HIVE, imagine a hive full of bees. For SIX imagine some STICKS from a tree. At number SEVEN, which is HEAVEN, imagine an angel floating in the clouds and at EIGHT picture a GATE that you've seen. For NINE, which is LINE, see a white line down the middle of the road and finally, at TEN, imagine a big fat HEN!"

"Are you ready to imagine each of those pegs?" he asked.

"We're ready!" they shouted happily.

So they closed their eyes and began to think of what their memory pegs would look like.

This Old Man Played One

"Now let's go through the list of things that your Mother asked you to do," said Grandpa.

"Item number one on your list is feed the cat."

"Adam, what's the memory peg for one?" asked Grandpa.

"One is Drum," replied Adam.

"Right, so at number one let's imagine that your cat Cosmo is walking down the street early in the morning and he's got a drum full of cat food on his back. There's a tap coming out of the drum and he's eating his breakfast from it! And he's banging the drum with his tail and waking up all the neighbours."

"That's silly!" giggled Adam.

"Yes, and the sillier we make it, the easier it is to remember!" Grandpa said.

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"Number two on the list is pick up your toys," said Grandpa. "What's the peg for two, Jasmine?"

"Two is Shoe, Grandpa."

"Right, Jasmine. Now think of a silly story about your shoe and your toys," said Grandpa.

"OK," said Jasmine. "Imagine that my toys are driving around in my shoe and I'm running after them and chasing them into the toybox."

"Now that's really silly, Grandpa," Adam laughed.

"Exactly, Adam, and silliness is a very important part of remembering things," said Grandpa.

"Remember, the sillier the better."

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