"Humpty Dumpty" is a popular nursery rhyme that came into being in the 17th century, according to rhymes.org.uk. The rhyme, which narrates Humpty's short-lived sojourn on a wall, inspires a number of fun, creative activities and education for the kindergarten classroom.
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First-school.ws features a Humpty Dumpty lesson plan for kindergarten that revolves around the various stages of the Humpty Dumpty story. First, write the rhyme on the board and read it three or four times out loud, pointing to each word as you read. This familiarises the class with the rhyme's narrative and meaning. Then, pass out colouring sheets depicting different sequences from the story. As they colour individually, ask your students a series of simple questions about what happened to Humpty Dumpty, to check comprehension. Finally, ask the students to put their pictures in sequential order.
Humpty Dumpty is a great way to introduce the oval shape to kindergarten students. Kidssoup.com suggests that the teacher hold up both oval- and circle-shaped cut-outs and elicit some differences between the two from the students. Then, hold up an egg to illustrate a real-life example of an oval. Introduce the famous oval-shaped character, Humpty Dumpty, and read the rhyme to the children from an illustrated version. Be sure to show the class each picture from the book so that they have as much exposure to the oval shape as possible during the lesson. Finally, have the students practice reproducing an oval shape by drawing Humpty Dumpty on a piece of paper.
Finger Puppet Activity
Bring Humpty Dumpty and the king's men to life by making paper finger puppets. Dltk-teach.com features printable colour or black-and-white finger puppet templates for Humpty Dumpty and the king's men. For one puppet, print the template, help the child cut it out, and simply tape it around the student's pointer finger. To add some time to the activity, use the black-and-white templates for the kids to colour before cutting them out. Alternatively, use the template as a guideline for drawing up your own pattern or artistic rendition of Humpty Dumpty.
Encourage teamwork and problem-solving with a puzzle activity. Draw a picture of Humpty Dumpty on a piece of poster board, and cut it into eight to 10 puzzle pieces. Cut the shapes to mimic actual puzzle pieces to make the challenge more familiar to the students. Have the class study the pieces and put Humpty "back together again," taping the pieces together onto the chalkboard. Another way to do this activity is to divide the class into groups to repair Humpty Dumpty rather than doing it as a whole class.
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