Nursery Rhymes & Preschool Activities

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Nursery Rhymes & Preschool Activities
Nursery rhymes provide learning opportunities for preschoolers. (drawing image by Renata Osinska from

For most preschoolers, nursery rhymes provide entertainment. But nursery rhymes also teach preschoolers lessons about the world around them, and encourage proper brain development and coordination, according to Nursery Rhymes Online. Pair activities with teaching nursery rhymes to engage preschoolers.

"Humpty Dumpty"

Use this nursery rhyme with activities to teach preschoolers about ovals, colours, the letter "E" or eggs. Have the children practice drawing ovals and create finger puppets by decorating the ovals and cutting them out with safety scissors to help develop fine motor skills. You can also use Humpty Dumpty's character as an egg to teach the letter "E" and to teach preschoolers about eggs.

Nursery Rhymes & Preschool Activities
"Humpty Dumpty" offers lessons on shapes, colours and more. (4 eggs image by timur1970 from

"Rain, Rain, Go Away"

This nursery rhyme offers lessons and activities about spring, rainbows and colour, and various letters of the alphabet. Teach students about the season of spring -- and plants' and flowers' need for rain. Give basic information about the water cycle and clouds for a more challenging lesson. Teach preschoolers about the formation of rainbows. Teach the colours of the rainbow, and have students draw pictures of a rainy day or rainbow scene. You can also teach "U" for umbrella, "R" for rain and "W" for water.

Nursery Rhymes & Preschool Activities
Preschoolers generally enjoy rainbow-themed activities. (Rainbow 2 image by Peter Jarvis from

"Hickory Dickory Dock"

Use this rhyme to teach activities about sequences of events, telling time and the letters "C" and "M." This rhyme demonstrates a particular progression of events. Give students a time line or story board and have them fill in the order of events. Challenge students to tell time using the big hand and little hand. If students understand the hour concept, challenge them with the half-hour times. Use the letter "C" for clock and "M" for mouse to teach the letters of the alphabet. Encourage the children to come up with other words that start with "C" or "M." After making a list of words that start with "C" or "M," ask them to come up with words that rhyme with those words.

Nursery Rhymes & Preschool Activities
Challenge students to tell time. (clock image by Clark Duffy from

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