We’ve done so many winter related crafts lately that I’m finally getting a bit sick of it, by chance my daughter picked ‘the three little pigs’ book at the library and it was the perfect inspiration for a nursery rhyme themed week.
We read and sung a variety of rhymes but focused on the three little pigs, three little kittens and humpty dumpty.
Three Little Pigs
We had a blast building homes and little pigs with pink dough and a variety of beads, googly eyes, straws and twirled pipe cleaners.
Here are some more ideas, a paper plate pig with googly eyes and an old bottle cap nose, a circle pig, and three little houses (straw, sticks and bricks).
Three Little Kittens
For the three little kittens we did two activities. The first being a fun craft with a drawn kitten who needs mittens- the children glued the mittens on for the kitten.
The second we pretended to be kittens hanging our mittens to dry. For this you will need a length of rope, clothes pins and mittens. I hung the rope across my kitchen and attached the ends to the cupboard door knobs. I filled an old coffee tin with mittens and filled the rope with clothes pins. Grasping the pins and actually attaching the mittens to the rope was quite difficult for the toddlers and so they lost interest pretty fast, but the baby loved pulling all the mittens that I hung off the rope.
This rhyme was fun to work with. We did a few activities where we put humpty together again and the kids seem to enjoy that they could do it though in the rhyme all the kings horses and men could not.
With some old poster board I created egg shapes and then cut them into pieces for a puzzle. For my group I did two big zig zag cuts to make them easy, you could make many smaller pieces for older children. We played with them for awhile and then glued them completed to a paper to send home.
We also had a humpty dumpty snack- he didn’t get put back together this time. I boiled some eggs and once cooled had my girls draw on faces with sharpie markers. For lunch the following day I got all the children to break their humpty’s and then peel him and eat him, they found this amusing too.
Nursery rhymes are such fun whether you are crafting as above or snuggling and reading together.