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