Nursery rhymes are a fun way to use your imagination and a wonderful way to teach your child how to read, listen, and speak. Nursery rhyme activities are wonderful in teaching children at a party or in the classroom. Here are some great tips for teaching nursery rhymes:
- Glow in the dark stars can be used to light up a dark room for Hey Diddle, Diddle. You can create a cow jumping over the moon and when the lights go out, everyone will be reminded of this nursery rhyme. The glow in the dark stars are a great way to set the mood for night time when you are reading other nursery rhymes to your child.
- Most children will be familiar with nursery rhymes, but for those who are not, you should start with a nice introduction. When you are introducing nursery rhymes, begin by reading the nursery rhymes to the children first so they can become familiar with them. Use props or show pictures of different animals and characters in the nursery rhyme.
- A great way to teach children about word families is to create picture dictionaries. Most of the nursery rhymes contain common word families. These nursery rhymes are great for teaching letter combinations. Have your children or students sound out different letter combinations after they have memorized them.
- Scavenger hunts are wonderful ways to help children learn verbal and reading skills. In the scavenger hunt, you should ask questions such as, “how many bags of wool did Baa Baa Black Sheep have?” or “What did the dish do in Hey Diddle Diddle?” Have each child search for different things that pertain to the nursery rhyme they have been assigned.
- Drawing is a great activity for many children. Have children draw pictures of their favourite nursery rhyme. The drawings can include additional things like finger puppets or characters for flannel board stories.
- A simple nursery rhyme to teach is “Itsy, bitsy Spider”. You can use finger motions while you read the nursery rhyme to your child. The benefit of finger motions is that your child can easily pick up on them and will be able to repeat them with you the next time you read the nursery rhyme.
- For the nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickory Dock, you can make a simple cardboard clock with moveable hands that children can easily move as they are learning to tell time. Since the time changes in each verse of the nursery rhyme, you can have your child learn how to change time and read time. This is a simple way to teach nursery rhymes to your child as they learn how to read and other memorization skills.
- A great nursery rhyme activity is to create Jack and the Beanstalk. You will need paper, glue, glitters and markers. Have each child draw their own leaf and hang the leaves from a beanstalk. The beanstalk can be made from paper sacks or rolling towels together. If you have an empty wall, place the beanstalk next to the wall so you can put a cloud on the ceiling to make it seem as if the beanstalk goes up to the clouds.
- Mother Goose and her hat is a great way to let your children design their version of Mother Goose on paper. You will need construction paper, tissue paper, glue, paint, markers and any other supplies you can think of. Have your child draw Mother Goose and create a hat for her using tissue paper. You can even wear the Mother Goose hat when you read the nursery rhymes to your children. This will be known as the Mother Goose reading hour and your children can pick any nursery rhyme they would like you to read.