Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nursery Rhymes

Book Suggestions:

Nursery Rhymes: Touch and Feel by Roger Priddy
Nursery Rhymes by Trace Moroney
A Pop Up Book of Nursery Rhymes by Matthew Reinhart
Favorite Rhymes From Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson
Best Mother Goose Ever by Richard Scarry
Mother Goose illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
Real Mother Goose by Wright
My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie

Activities:

Itsy Bitsy Spider:
Materials: Styrofoam ball, black paint, black pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue
Description: Read or recite The Itsy Bitsy Spider to your toddler. (Practice throughout the week so that your toddler can learn this nursery rhyme) Your toddler can make their own itsy bitsy spider by painting a Styrofoam ball black. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half and when the paint dries have your toddler stick 8 pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam ball for the spider’s legs. Count the legs with your toddler and talk to your little one about how spiders have 8 legs and insects only have 6. Have your little one glue on the googly eyes to complete their spider.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot nursery rhymes, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to count




Little Miss Muffett:
Materials: oatmeal, pot, bowl, spoon
Description: Read and recite Little Miss Muffett to your toddler. (Continue to read this nursery rhyme to your toddler throughout the week so that they can learn it) Talk with your toddler about porridge. You and your little one can make curds and whey (oatmeal) together (according to packaging directions). Have your toddler add toppings such as sugar, brown sugar, milk, raisins etc. to their porridge before they eat it. As your toddler eats the curds and whey talk to them about whether they like it or not.
Skills targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot life skill development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to develop memory skills

Mary Had a Little Lamb:
Materials: paper, marker, cotton balls, glue
Description: Read and recite Mary Had a Little Lamb with your toddler (continue to read this nursery rhyme to your little one throughout the week so that they learn it). Draw a picture of a lamb onto a piece of paper or print one here. Talk with your toddler about a sheep feels soft. Have them feel a cotton ball and talk about how it feels. Your toddler can glue cotton balls onto the lamb.
Skill targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot listening skills, teach your to memory skills, teach your tot language development




Old McDonald:
Materials: pictures of farm animals (draw or print from clip art), glue, Popsicle sticks
Description: Sing the nursery rhyme Old McDonald with your toddler (continue this throughout the week so that your little one will learn it). Draw or print pictures of farm animals and cut them out. Glue each animal to a Popsicle stick. Sing Old McDonald again with your toddler and have them hold up each animal as you sing about them. See if your toddler can identify each animal before you sing about it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to identify farm animals, teach your tot language development, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot nursery rhymes




Pat-a-Cake:
Materials: cake mix, icing
Description: Read and recite Pat-a-Cake with your toddler (continue to do this throughout the week). You and your toddler can bake a cake together, just like the nursery rhyme talks about. Have your toddler help you mix the ingredients (on the package) together and bake according to packaging directions. When the cake is baked and cooled, have your little one icing it. Your toddler can write letter B on the cake with their finger (or you can hold their finger and help them write letter B) in the icing.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language skill development, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot writing letters, teach your tot to follow directions

A Fish For You:
There once was a fish.
What more could you wish?
He lived in the sea.
Where else would he be?
He was caught on a line.
Whose line if not mine?
So I brought him to you.
What else should I do?
Materials: construction paper, scissors, paper clips, magnet, string, pencil
Description: Read and recite A Fish for You with your toddler (continue to read it to them throughout the week so that they will learn it). Make a fishing pole by tying a piece of string onto the end of a pencil. Tie the other end of the string onto a magnet (you could also hot glue the string to the magnet). Cut fish shapes from construction paper and attach paper clip to the mouth of each fish. Put all the fish in a pile (pretend it is a pond) and have your toddler use the fishing pole to fish as you recite this nursery rhyme over and over! As your little catches each fish see if they can identify the color. When they have caught all the fish count them together.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot nursery rhymes




One, Two, Buckle My Shoe:
Materials: index cards, marker
Description: Read and recite One, Two, Buckle My Shoe with your toddler (continue to do this throughout the week). Write the numbers 1-10 on index cards. Turn the number cards face down in order. Read the nursery rhyme again and as you say each number turn the number card over for your toddler to see. Read the nursery rhyme again and have your toddler point to each number as you say it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot memory skills




Three Little Kittens:
Materials: construction paper, markers, stickers, scissors
Description: Prior to doing this activity cut several pairs of mittens from construction paper. Decorate each pair of mittens so that they match. Read and recite Three Little Kittens with your toddler (continue to do this throughout the week). Lay all the mittens out in front of your toddler and have your little one find the matching pairs.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to match items that are the same, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot memory skills




Polly, Put the Kettle On:
Materials: tea kettle (toy or real), toast or muffins (toy or real), tea cups (toy or real)
Description: Read and recite Polly, Put the Kettle On with your toddler (continue to do this throughout the week). This nursery rhyme is all about a tea party. You and your toddler can have fun having a tea party together just as they do in this nursery rhyme. Whether you use real tea or pretend to have tea, you and your toddler will enjoy this special time together.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot nursery rhymes, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot language development

Little Green House:
There was a little green house,
And in the little green house
There was a little brown house,
And in the little brown house
There was a little yellow house
And in the little yellow house
There was a little white house
And in the little white house
There was a little heart.
Materials: green, brown, yellow, white and red construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Prior to doing this activity, cut out a house shape from green, brown, yellow and white construction paper. The green house should be biggest, then the brown house, then the yellow house and the white house needs to be the smallest. Also cut a small read heart from construction paper. Read and recite Little Green House with your toddler (continue to do this throughout the week). Show your toddler all the paper houses and see if they can identify each color. Talk with your toddler about what house is biggest and what house is smallest. See if your toddler can put the houses in order from biggest to smallest then from smallest to biggest. Recite this nursery rhyme again to your toddler and have them glue the houses on top of each other just as the nursery rhyme says. Last they will glue the heart on top of all the houses.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tottea memory skills, teach your tot to compare and contrast different sizes, teach your tot to understand the difference between biggest and smallest, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to follow directions.









Songs and Fingerplays:
All nursery rhymes are great examples of songs and fingerplays for toddlers. Throughout the week, sing or recite a variety of nursery rhymes with your toddler.

Online Fun:

Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org to view nursery rhyme videos

Nursery Rhyme World
Mother Goose Jamboree
Hey Diddle Song
http://www.sesamestreet.org/video_player/-/pgpv/videoplayer/0/8befdd69-155c-11dd-a62f-919b98326687/news_jack_jumps_over

Recipes and Snack Ideas:

Little Miss Muffet: Make oatmeal or porridge with your toddler.

Hot Cross Bun: Make biscuits or buns with your toddler

3 comments:

ayumi said...

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Lee Shin said...

spot on with this write-up, i like the way you discuss the things. i'm impressed, i must say. i'll probably be back again to read more. thanks for sharing this with us.

Lee Shin
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Layne Adams said...


Hi! nice post. Well what can I say is that these is an interesting and very informative topic. Thanks for sharing.Cheers!


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