Package 1 - Kindergarten Creative Arts – Nursery Rhymes

Sing and interact with nursery rhymes.

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

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Clear space for your child to move

Assistance with gathering collections of items of different numbers 1 to 10

Lay out collections of items of the numbers 1 to 10

Paper and pencil

Number flashcards

Nursery Rhymes ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’, ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’, ‘Little Miss Muffet’, ‘Humpty Dumpty’

Nursery rhyme books

‘This Old Man’ video – Click here to access.

Before you start

Make sure your child has everything ready that they will need at the start of the lesson.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up on your device.

Discuss with your child:

  • How often do you sing with your child? Nursery rhymes are a great place to start with singing.

  • What is a nursery rhyme?

  • Why did nursery rhymes first get composed and what are their stories about?

  • Are nursery rhymes true?

What your child needs to know and do

  1. Sing some nursery rhymes with your child that you are familiar with. Select a nursery rhyme from this list or others as known: ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’, ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’, ‘Little Miss Muffet’, ‘Humpty Dumpty’

  1. Read the nursery rhyme and mime the actions on the spot.

  2. Discuss what the nursery rhyme is about? Researching nursery rhymes often shows very complex and unexpected stories. Does it make sense? Does it actually tell a story?

  3. Practise singing ‘This Old Man’.

  4. Revise writing and saying the numbers 1 to 10. Collect objects in your home that represent each number.

  5. Discuss rhyming words. What are they? Practise some rhyming words for each of the numbers 1 to 10. For example 1 and sun, 2 and glue and so on.

What to do next

  1. Find a comfortable place in your house with access to a computer.

  2. Watch the footage of ‘This Old Man’ (click here to access) and participate in the activities within the video.

  3. Discuss what you learnt with your household afterwards and sing them some of your newly learnt songs.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Pause and replay the video. Watch and participate with your child

Try some of the songs and activities within the film with other nursery rhymes or songs that are known.

Extend the learning

Play instruments along with the songs in the video. Explore different songs with rhyming words or even consider completely changing the lyrics of ‘This Old Man’ to reflect completely different objects and rhyming words.

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