A favorite theme of most early childhood educators is nursery rhymes. We always love teaching these to our kiddos and they always enjoy learning them! If you read last week’s Five For Friday, then you saw a little sneak peek of some of the fun nursery rhyme activities we completed during our unit. Here are all the details from our week of nursery rhymes.
Nursery Rhyme Sensory
Sensory bins are a great way to integrate the weekly theme into play. Our kids enjoyed retelling various nursery rhymes while getting their sensory needs met. Here are the nursery rhyme sensory bins we created for our classroom.
Humpty Dumpty Sensory
We created a very simple Humpty Dumpty sensory bin for the kids to explore. The kids did a great job retelling this nursery rhyme through sensory play by building a wall and having Humpty Dumpty sit on top.
If you want to make this sensory bin for your kiddos, here is what you will need:
- Plastic Eggs
- Building Blocks
- Plastic Horses
- Plastic People
All of the supplies were things we had laying around the classroom, which meant we spent no money to create this fun center! The only thing we had to do to prep this center was to draw faces on the plastic eggs. Some were happy and some were sad to allow the children the opportunity to choose the emotion they believed Humpty Dumpty would have.
If your kids love Humpty Dumpty as much as ours do then you will definitely want to try this sensory bin!
Hey Diddle Diddle Sensory
The second nursery rhyme sensory bin we created was a Hey Diddle Diddle sensory bin. The idea for this came from a blog called Mamas Like Me. It was very simple to create this fun center and the kids all really enjoyed it.
To create your own Hey Diddle Diddle sensory bin you will need:
- Black beans
- Small plates (disposable or plastic)
- Spoons (real or plastic)
- Plastic animals (cow, cat, dog)
- Small sheet of aluminum foil
We modified the original version of this to fit the supplies we had on hand. We did not have any plastic cats or dogs, so our sensory bin only had cows. To create the moon we simply took a sheet of aluminum foil and crumpled it up to make a ball.
Overall, this sensory bin was simple to put together and a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy sensory play while incorporating literacy skills such as retelling and rhyme into the center.
Humpty Dumpty Craft
During nursery rhyme week the kids had the opportunity to create their own Humpty Dumpty. We have been doing various Humpty Dumpty crafts over the years, but this year we decided to find a new version. The inspiration for this year’s Humpty Dumpty came from a blog called I Heart Crafty Things.
The supplies needed are:
- Construction paper in various colors (9″x12″)
- White construction paper cut into ovals
- Black Sharpie
- Glue Stick
The only prep we needed to do ahead of time was to cut the construction paper into ovals. Angie did an online search for a basic template to use for this.
To begin, each child got to choose a color of construction paper and used a crayon to write their name on the back. While the children were writing their names, we used a black sharpie to draw Humpty Dumpty’s cracks on him.
The cracks were drawn based on the ability level of each child. Some of the cracks were more intricate than others, but all were drawn to the skill level of each child so they would be successful with their cutting.
Before cutting, the kids drew Humpty Dumpty’s face onto their oval using markers.
The next step was to cut Humpty Dumpty apart.
After cutting, the next task was to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and glue him onto the construction paper.
Once Humpty was back together, the kids added some band-aids to help patch him up.
The final step was to copy or trace (depending on the student’s ability level) the name Humpty Dumpty.
All of the final products turned out perfectly. The best part is that no two Humpty Dumptys are the same.
Retelling Nursery Rhymes
Another nursery rhyme project the kids worked on was a Humpty Dumpty retelling activity. Each child got a sheet of paper with 4 pictures that tell the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty which came from a website called Sparklebox.
The kids colored the pictures, cut them out, and glued them onto a sheet of manilla paper in the order in which they occur in the nursery rhyme. I labeled the paper ahead of time with the numbers 1-4 to guide the children in where to place the pictures.
Nursery Rhyme Videos
There are lots of great nursery rhyme videos available on YouTube to show your kiddos. Every year our kids love watching these because it really helps bring the nursery rhyme to life. Here are a few of our favorites.
Hey Diddle Diddle
Jack & Jill
Little Miss Muffet
We hope you have enjoyed all the nursery rhyme fun as much as we have! Make sure to come back Friday to see what we’ve been up to in our next Five For Friday!