While I was training at Norland I was placed into a baby room at a nursery for a term. It was a sweet little place and every morning we would take the babies into the preschool room for singing. In the centre of the circle they would have a basket with lots of different props in it. A child was picked to go and choose something from the basket and bring it back to the leader. Each prop represented a nursery rhyme that they would then sing. It was such a simple but clever way to do singing time. I had totally forgotten about this until recently, and now that I have BB it seemed like the perfect time to make some DIY nursery rhyme puppets.

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You will need:

  • Felt
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Choose which nursery rhymes that you are going to do and pick something from it to turn into a puppet. The nursery rhymes and props that I choose were:

Old MacDonald – The farmer

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – The star

The Grand Old Duke of York – The Grand Duke

Humpty Dumpty – Humpty Dumpty

Five Little Ducks – A duck

Two Little Dickey Birds – A bird

Goosy Goosy Gander – A goose

I had a Little Nut Tree – A tree

Hickory Dickery Dock – A clock

Three Blind Mice – A mouse

Baa Baa Black Sheep – A black sheep

Mary Had a Little Lamb – A lamb

The Wheels on the Bus – A bus

5 Little Monkeys – A monkey

Horsey Horsey – A horse

Sleeping Bunnies – A bunny

Insey Wincey Spider – A spider

Zoom Zoom Zoom – A spaceship

Never Smile at a Crocodile – A crocodile (yes I know it isn’t a nursery rhyme)

The Bear Went over the Mountain – A bear

10 Green Bottles – A bottle on a wall

Cut out your shapes from the felt and glue them together. Don’t use super glue for this. It really doesn’t work well on felt, and I just ended up with glue all over my fingers, which is a real pain to get off. I would recommend either fabric glue of even just PVA glue.

Once your props have dried, glue them onto a craft stick and write the name of the song onto the stick.

How to use the DIY Nursery Rhyme Puppets

DIY Nursery Rhyme Puppets

When it comes to singing the songs, put them all in a bowl and let your little one pick one out.

DIY Nursery Rhyme Puppets

Of course at first BB was very keen to pull them apart and put them in his mouth. But he is slowly learning not to.

I am really glad I have finally done this. Although I know tons of nursery rhymes I always seem to get stuck singing the same three songs to BB! Not only are these a good reminder of other songs, but you can also use them to act out the song.

If you enjoyed these nursery rhyme song puppets then be sure to check out my five little ducks stones and paper plate duck.

Pin for later:

DIY nursery rhyme puppets: perfect for circle times at nursery.  Use them as props so that children can choose what to sing.  They also make great props to act out the songs.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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