These Humpty Dumpty activities make the most of the simple nursery rhyme! This is one that students are already familiar with, but even students that don’t know it already learn the rhyme quickly. After these activities, they’ll have it down pat AND practice loads of preschool skills too!
Nursery rhymes are a favorite of preschool students and teachers alike. And with good reason! The simple rhyming structure makes them easy to memorize. The rhymes are sometimes a little silly sounding to modern ears, but that’s part of the charm.
There are so many “spin-off” books about all different nursery rhymes. One of the best is After the Fall by Dan Santat. This uplifting book is about how Humpty Dumpty overcomes his fear of heights after the famous fall off the wall. It’s a truly great story of triumphing over the things that hold us back.
Putting Humpty Together Again!
Preschoolers love bandages. They wear them like badges of honor. Sometimes they put them on wounds that have been healed for weeks. Sometimes they put them everywhere and anywhere at all. So why not use this love of bandages to practice fine motor skills?
Print out a picture of a cracked-up Humpty Dumpty. First, students color the picture. Then provide bandages – lots of bandages – in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Demonstrate how to open the bandages and stick them to the cracks on the poor egg. Peeling and sticking gives those fine motor muscles and planning skills a real workout!
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All the Kings Horses…
Inspire imagination by having Humpty Dumpty (and friends) visit the block center!
- dollar store plastic Easter eggs, with flat bottoms if possible.
- googly eyes
- permanent marker
- hot glue gun and cardstock (optional)
Prepare the eggs by attaching googly eyes onto the “big” half. Draw a face with a permanent marker. If the bottom of the egg is flat, that’s great! However, if the egg is round on the bottom, simply put a little blob of hot glue and some optional cardstock feet for stability.
Place the prepared eggs in the block center with all the toy horses available and some blocks. Foam blocks work great, as they fall with no noise. The amazing rainbow-colored buckets are available at Constructive Playthings.
While playing in the block center, students enact the original rhyme, retell the story from the book, and make up their own stories as well. It’s a great exercise in working cooperatively and using imagination!
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