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Games & Outdoors : Nursery Rhymes

Jack Be Nimble added 9-3-00 Original Author Unknown

After presenting the rhyme do a jumping activity. I have a set of laminated pictures of candles in three sizes. I place them on the floor and we say the rhyme using a child's name as they jump over. I work with three year olds and it is interesting how they jump higher it the big candle is on the floor even though it is a one dimensional picture.


Mother Cat and Kittens added 9-3-00 Original Author Unknown

One child is selected to be the mother cat. All the other children are the kittens and they sit on the floor near her. Mother cat says "Children, it is getting late. Get in your beds and got to sleep, also." The child who is the mother cat hides her eyes and pretends to sleep. As soon as she hides her eyes, all the kittens quietly get up and find hiding places in the room. When they are all hidden, the teacher wakes the mother cat and tells her to find those naughty kittens. Mother cat hunts for the kittens and as each kitten is found, it returns to sit on the floor. The last kitten found is the winner and becomes the next mother cat. Hint: Remind the children that they must not reveal another child's hiding place.


Little Miss Muffet added 9-3-00 Original Author Unknown

Take two identical bowls and a spoon on a tray. Fill one bowl with dry oatmeal and add a couple plastic spiders. (I usually get a package of spider rings and cut off the ring part.) Let the children practice spooning the oatmeal into the empty bowl; going left to right. This builds concentration, eye and hand coordination but most of all develops their eye muscles for reading. Make this into a relay for the kids.


Little Miss Muffet Game added 10-8-04 Submitted By: Karona Drummond

Before doing this activity, familiarize your class with the Little Miss Muffet Rhyme. You could recite it at circle time with the children several times, perhaps using a toy spider.

The Little Miss Muffet Game is a non-competitive game that can be done outdoors or in a gym. The teacher has the children stand together in a designated area, such as against the fence. The teacher is the spider and the kids are the Miss and Mr. Muffets. The teacher is the spider. The teacher starts off at a distance, reciting the rhyme. When the teachers says, "and frightened Mr. and Miss Muffets away", the children all run away. Then the game starts over. The children may take turns being the spider. My preschoolers have had a lot of fun with this!





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