Preschool Nursery Rhyme Theme

Book List

A Treasury of Mother Goose Rhymes - Hilda Offen
The Lucy Cousins Book of Nursery Rhymes - Lucy Cousins
My Very First Mother Goose - Iona Archibald Opie
Nursery Rhyme Theme-A-Saurus - Jean Warren
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young - Jim Trelease

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Arts & Crafts

Little Miss Muffets Counting Book

Fold four sheets of paper in half and staple it to create a 8 page book. Decorate the cover and add a title. Open the book and number each page. Starting with page one make a set of spiders to match the numbers on the pages. To make a spiders body press your thumb on a black ink pad and then onto the page. Use a fine tip marker to make the spiders legs. When done the kids can use their counting book.

~Submitted by Andrea

Humpty Dumpty

Coat a tagboard oval with glue. Then cover the glue with crushed egg shells or bits of white tisssue paper. Once the glue has dried attach wiggle eyes and a pom pom for the nose and yarn for the mouth.

~Submitted by Andrea

Mary's Little Lamb

Trace around the child's hand on black construction paper and cut it out. Glue a wiggly eye on the thumb part of the cutout to make a face. Glue on cotton balls to cover the palm of the cutout to make the lambs body. Glue on a colorful bow for the lamb.

~Submitted by Andrea

Mary's Garden Mural

Give each child a large piece of paper. Set out seed and flower catalogs. Have your children tear out pictures of flowers from the catalogs and glue onto their paper to make a garden. See How their garden grows!

~Submitted by Andrea

Nursery Rhyme: Mary Had A Little Lamb:

I have let my preschoolers color with markers or colors a lamb then cut it out or sometimes I cut it out for them. I then let them paste cotton balls on it and have also instead of the lambs face put their picture on it and cut the legs off and use clothes pins for legs to stand it up. They love it.

~Submitted by Denene from Oklahoma

Wee Willie Winkie/Jack Be Nimble

Make candle sticks from paper towel tubes. Paint the tubes or cover with paper. Glue it to a paper plate, then use tissue paper stuffed into the top for the flame- the candle can be held like Wille Winkie or jumped over like Jack.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Little Miss Muffit Spider Finger Puppets

Use a kitchen knife to press a finger sized hole into a two-inch styrofoam ball. Have each child use tempera paint to paint the ball the color of his choice. When the paint is dry, have him press eight pipe-cleaner legs into the ball and glue on wiggle eyes. What fun to play with!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Cut out sheep shapes from paper. Mix black powder paint with water and a little detergent. Blow through drinking straws to form bubbles. Press the sheep onto the bubbles so that they burst onto the paper. This will give a black wool effect.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Baa Baa (Black) Sheep

Cut large sheep patterns from posterboard or tagboard. Draw eyes with a black crayon or marker. Spread glue over the body. Have children cover the body with cotton balls or put black paint in a shallow dish or pan and have children sponge-paint body black. If you want to make it into a puppet, glue a wooden stick to the back of the sheep.

~Submitted by Cindy from MD

Peter's Pumpkin

Cut out pumpkin shapes from orange construction paper and make a "window" in the middle (this could be a shutter-style window with two flaps that open and close). Cut out small stems from green construction paper for children to glue on their pumpkins. Give the children old magazines and instruct them to find a "wife" for Peter. Help them rip or cut out pictures of women. Give each child a pumpkin, stem, and piece of white paper with "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater" written at the top.

Recite the rhyme:
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Put glue on the back of the pumpkin and let the child position it on the white paper. Do the same with the stem. Have the children fold open the window shutters and glue their pictures of Peter's wife inside. Draw vines around the pumpkin and from stem outward.

Have children say the rhyme with you.

~Submitted by Cindy from MD

My Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Book

Every day that you introduce a new rhyme, give the children a copy of the rhyme and depending on their age they can illustrate the rhyme or you can give them a picture of the rhyme to color (possibly cut and paste pieces to go with the picture) to make their very own Nursery Rhyme Book of all the rhymes that they did in school.

~Submitted by The Kids Place, Home Daycare and Preschool in Ohio

In The Kitchen

Hard Boiled Humpty Dumpty

Hard Boil an egg for each child and let it cool. Then let each child draw Humpty Dumpty's face on his/her egg. The children can either take the egg home to eat or eat them for snack time. The children will really be able to see that when Humpty Dumpty cracks, no one will be able to put him back together again.

~Submitted by Cindy from MD


Queen of Hearts

Cut small heart shapes from construction paper and then cut in half the long way. Give the children small hand mirrors and one half of a paper heart. Let them experiment with making a WHOLE heart using the mirror.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Humpty Dumpty

Talk about eggs and learn about the different parts: Yolk, White, Air Space and Shell. Crack open several eggs and allow the children to examine the different parts.

Compare hard-boiled and fresh eggs.

Dye hard boiled eggs with natural dyes such as cranberries or onion skins.

Allow the children to experiment with the strength of the egg's shell by allowing them to hold a fresh egg in the palm of their hand, wrap their fingers around the egg and try to matter how hard they try, they won't break the shell.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

Old King Coles Lacing Cards

Cut out and decorate a posterboard bowl, pipe and 3 fiddles. Use a hole puncher to punch holes around the edges of each cutout. Let the kids take turns lacing the cards with long colorful shoelaces.

~Submitted by Andrea

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Recite Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with your kids. Then place 8 to 10 different colored star cutouts on top of a table. Give them plenty of time to look at the stars then ask them to close their eyes and you remove one star. Let them open their eyes and try and tell you which color star you removed.

~Submitted by Andrea

Mother Goose Sequencing Rhymes

Make pictures for many of the rhymes to use on a clothesline story set. For the poem Jack and Jill-- make a picture for Jack, Jill, a hill, a pail, and a well. For Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat--make a picture of a cat, a queen, a chair and a mouse. While reciting the poem hang the pictures on the clothesline using pinch type clothespins. The clothesline is a rope anchored at both ends either with 2 children helping to hold on at either end, or the rope ends tied off on chairs. It doesn't have to be very long, only about 4 feet. Talk about what came first, second, third, etc. Then, during free time, the children can retell the rhyme and hang up the pictures on their own. (For older children who are ready for greater challenges, take this a step further by asking the children to identify the pictures that rhyme...Jill and Hill. Or identify pictures that begin with the same letter sound...Jill and Jack, etc.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bo Peep Has Lost Her Sheep

Like "Hide and Seek" one person is "it" or in this case "BoPeep" and the rest of the children are the lost sheep. Bo Peep covers her eyes and the lost sheep hide. Bo Peep must find as many of her sheep as possible in a time limit.

~Submitted by The Kids Place, Home Daycare and Preschool in Ohio
Activity from "The Preschool Calendar" by Sherrill B. Flora

The Eensy Weensy Spider

Draw a faucet on each paper and write the words "The Eensy Weensy Spider. . ." at the top of the page. Write the child's name at lower corner of the paper. Show the children the faucet and explain that water flows down and out of the spout. Tell them that the spider will be crawling up the spout. Recite "The Eensy Weensy Spider". Do the fingerplay as you recite the song. Have the children join you in the song and fingerplay. Let each child press their fingers into a stamp pad and press them onto the paper. You or the children can draw little legs and eyes on the print to make a spider.

~Submitted by Cindy from MD

Jack and Jill Mat Rolling

Place gymnastic mats on the floor if you have them or use a carpeted floor. Let the children pantomime the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill." Encourage the children to practice many different ways to roll: forward rolls, backward rolls, somersaults, sideways rolls, etc.

~Submitted by Cindy from MD

When we learn a rhyme I have masks made from paper grocery bags and props so we can act out the nursery rhyme. Example: Mary Had a Little Lamb... I have two grocery bags with a hole cut out in each bag for child's face and a picture of a girl and lamb, excluding the face... and the lamb follows Mary wherever she goes.

~Submitted by The Kids Place, Home Daycare and Preschool in Ohio


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