Put on little skits of all the Nursery Rhymes. For example, we do Pat a Cake Baker’s, Little Boy Blue, Hey Diddle Diddle, Old Mother Hubbard, and we dress up in lot’s of different shoes.
Use nursery rhymes to teach colors. Red = Queen of Hearts, Blue = Little Boy Blue, Green = Jack and Jill, Yellow = Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Orange = Rabbit, Rabbit Carrot Eater, Pink & Purple = Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.
For a change of pace, try “The New Adventures of Mother Goose” by Bruce Lansky. There are lots of fun variations on traditional nursery rhymes that kids get a kick out of. Here are a few of my favorites:
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, which wasn’t too bad when the winter winds blew. But the strong summer sun was too hot to handle, so she packed up her stuff and moved to a sandal!
Jack was nimble. Jack was quick. Jack jumped over the candlestick. Jack kept jumping, much too close. Now his pants smell like burnt toast!
We took medium sized plastic party cups and let the children decorate their own “Jack and Jill” water pails with stickers. We punched a hole on each side and attached a pipe cleaner handle. We then placed blue colored cotton balls in them for “water”. The kids LOVED them!
One of the most fun things we have done this year in our sensory table is to have different colored and sized pom-poms, mini muffin tins and tongs. We thought we were providing a sorting activity and the children surprised us by ‘baking’ delicious muffins for us. We tool their cue and read “The Muffin Man” and did a unit in baking!
Each month in the preschool classroom where I work we have introduced a new Nursery Rhyme. With each Rhyme we made a “costume” out of poster board with a hole cut out for the kids’ head. This way at circle time the kids get to take turns acting out the parts of the nursery rhymes. The kids have loved it. We will be having a show in May in honor of Mother Goose’s birthday and each child will get to star as a different character.
For well-known rhymes, especially counting ones, I have created small props to encourage the children to “retell” stories.
For “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” I found five rubber frogs and put spots on them with permanent ink. Adding a small “log” from my yard, I then placed them in a small box with frog stickers on it. We learn the song, then the children can choose to “retell” it on their own.
I also have “Five Little Ducks” and “The Three Little Pigs” and “Goldilocks and The Three Bears”. Use your imagination, my kids love to play with these little sets!
“Pull out your thumb and print out some plums” To make one class book give each child one small paper plate, Ask her/him to pick a number for you to write on the plate, next have the child dip their thump into purple paint then print number the corresponding number of plums on the plate. When paint is dry cut a circle the same size as the center of the plate from brown paper, staple the paper to the plate, then label it with child’s name (Little Kara Horner) To complete the class book stack the plates together punch a hole through each plate then bind together with yarn.
Jack and Jill: Cause and effect need: bucket with light blue cotton balls placed inside. Two Children (Jack and Jill) stand on each side of the bucket while holding onto the handle. as the other children/teacher chant the nursery rhyme the two children with the bucket act it out-Lifting knees they go up hill, Jack falls to floor, Jill falls to floor and the teacher states “Where did the water go?” “All over Jack and Jill” and dumps the cotton balls on Jack and Jill. The children love this.