Package 1 - Year 1 & 2 Creative arts - ‘Humpty Dumpty’ singing, moving, playing and printing

Sing, move and create art in this lesson about Humpty Dumpty.

Week 4 - Package 1 - Year 1 & 2 Creative arts - ‘Humpty Dumpty’ singing, moving, playing and printing

Things your child will need

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


  • Chopsticks or another item that makes a sound

  • The song ‘Humpty Dumpty’

  • The music lesson video of ‘Humpty Dumpty’.

  • A piece of paper

  • 2 different coloured paints

  • A potato cut in half

Back up

  • 2 wooden spoons

  • 1 colour of paint or an inkpad

  • A carrot cut in half

Before your child starts

Think about:

  • What nursery rhymes do you know?

  • Do you have all the equipment required such as a potato and paints?

  • Whether you have a clear space for your child to move in with the video.

What your child needs to do

  1. Ask your child to gallop around the room. Use the word ‘gallop’ for them to do this and then change to ‘trotting’. Use a variety of movements such as moving like a pixie, an elephant, robot, a giant, a ladybird or a monkey.

  2. Tap the rhythm of these words using chopsticks or another household item that makes a loud sound. Start saying the words in a whisper, then not at all but keep playing the words. Start with 5 lots of ‘gallop’ then 5 lots of ‘trotting’ while they adapt to the feeling of these two words by just playing the rhythms.

  3. Sing the song ‘Humpty Dumpty’ (click on the link) while your child keeps the beat using their chopsticks or household item. They should notice that the feeling of ‘trotting’ works best with this song. Experiment with different ways of tapping the beat to the song such as tapping sticks together then on a chair.

What your child can do next

  1. Find a comfortable place for your child to watch the footage of a music lesson all about ‘Humpty Dumpty’ (click the link). This is about 15 minutes long. They should be encouraged to participate in the activities. You may like to watch and join in with them as well. After watching, talk to your child about what they learnt from the video.

  2. Clear some space and using a potato, some paper and some paints, make a print to show the beat and rhythm information you learnt through the video like the artwork by Mondrian with patterns and shapes shown in the video.

Painting showing dark and light coloured circles in a pattern

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Sing and move to another nursery rhyme and try to keep the beat.

Activity too easy?

Sing ‘Threw it out the window’ one more time with ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ or other songs you know. Identify if they are in simple or compound time (as discussed in the video).

Extension/additional activity

Ask your child to think about what would happen if they had to rebuild the wall, think about the strongest way this can be done. Consider all options and try each one. The egg is thought to have first been used to represent Humpty Dumpty in ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll. Discuss or read this book with your child.

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