Most children have heard nursery rhymes, such as Mother Goose rhymes, from the time they were infants, and they like to recite them. As children grow, they are more able to recognise the components of a rhyme such as "Hey
Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle" and will delight in using art techniques to create projects based on the rhyme.
Make a Fiddle
Show children a picture of a fiddle from a colouring book page or downloaded online picture. Give each child a shoebox lid. Have kids paint the inside and outside of the lid as they wish. Tape a 3-foot piece of narrow elastic inside one short end of the lid.Help the children wrap the elastic about five times, from one short end to the other, around the top and the inside of the box. The elastic should be stretched fairly taut. Tape the loose end securely. Give each child a pencil to use as a bow for their "fiddles."
Nursery Rhyme Headband
Make a copy of pictures of each nursery rhyme character and object for each child. Have the children cut out a cat, fiddle, cow, moon, dog, plate and spoon. Provide crayons or markers for the children to colour the figures. Cut a strip of construction paper for each child, about 4 inches by 20 inches. The children should glue the paper figures along the headband strip. Fit a headband to each child's head and tape the ends to hold.
Finger Painted Moons
Cut at least two different moon shapes for each child. Include a crescent and a full moon. Older children can finger-paint several moon stages if you choose. If desired, provide large sheets of paper and have the children cut out their own moon shapes. Provide washable finger paints or tempera paints in yellow, white and other colours, if you like, for the moons. Have the children finger-paint their moons. When the art projects are dry, display them on a wall.
Provide purchased or homemade craft dough in a variety of colours. Have cookie cutters available in the shapes of all the figures in the nursery rhyme. Include moons, cows, cats, dogs and circles for plates. The children may need to fashion their own versions of a fiddle and spoon. Have children roll out the dough and press cookie cutters into the dough to cut out the figures. Older children may enjoy making all the figures by hand rather than using cookie cutters. Have the kids use a straw to poke a hole in each figure, about 1/4 inch from the edge. Let the figures dry. You may choose to provide only white dough and have the kids paint their figures after the dough dries. When the figures are dry, the children may thread a piece of string or yarn through the holes to form a nursery rhyme garland or necklace.
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