Hickory Dickory Dock and Diddle Diddle Doo!



One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading the traditional Nursery Rhymes


We ..

created a Mother Goose with art materials such as paper, fabric scraps, and they elicited how she could help in the class. Some ideas: prepare special cards with the classroom rules and paste them next to her so that she can help the class remember the rules, or good manners, schedule, etc.

colored the cover for our folders

made Queen of Hearts tart using  biscuits and marmalade.

recited nursery rhymes while hopping (walking, crawling) in 10 cardboard stars placed on the floor

voted for our favorite nursery rhyme and it was:

Twinkle twinkle little star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star;
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star!
How I wonder what you are

played some riddles with the characters for children to play
I went to school. My lamb followed me. Who am I? (Mary)
We fell down the hill. Who are we? (Jack and Jill)
I’m nimble and quick. I jumped over the candlestick. Who am I? (Jack Be Nimble)
I sat on a wall. I had a great fall. Who am I? (Humpty Dumpty)

played "catch the blind mice". want to play? choosee someone to be the "cat", which must stand outside the circle. Call "Catch the mice!" The cat goes into the circle and tries to catch the mice. (The mice cannot go outside the circle). As the mice are caught, they join the other children in the circle. The last child to be caught becomes the "cat" in the next game.

made nursery rhymes boxes using pieces of the story at home

compared real and fictional animals

role played their favourite nursery rhymes. For example:
Jack Be Nimble: (child's name) be nimble (child's name) be quick, (child's name) jump over the (item in classroom)
Little Miss Muffet: Have a child pretend to be eating their curds and whey, when along comes a spider (another child) and frightens them away
Bo Peep's Sheep: Hide toy sheep around the room and let your children search for the lost sheep

finished sentences such as
“Humpty dumpty sit on this….….” ( wall)
“Mary had a little ….….” (lamb)
“Peter Peter …………eater” (pumpkin)
“Itsy Bitsy is a …………” (spider)
“Little Jack Horner”…….” (pie)


talked about favorite characters. What is your favourite nursery rhyme? Do you like Humpty Dumpty? Yes/ No

sequenced stories using cards

played guessing games using a box with some items in it representing a nursery rhyme or a character.
As they took out an item, they had to guess the rhyme it represents.

For example:
Candle ( Jack be nimble)
Wall (Humpty dumpty)
Black wool ( Baa baa black sheep)
Plumps (the blue boy)
If you don’t get those items, make big flashcards with pictures or photos of them.

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