Nursery rhymes are a great way for children to learn how to read and to write. Creating nursery rhyme crafts is a fairly simple thing to do. You can create nursery rhyme crafts as an aid to a child who is just learning to read or you can create nursery rhyme crafts for a whole classroom full of children. Whatever you decide, here are a few nursery rhyme crafts to get you started.
Grab some toilet paper and make a toilet paper nursery rhyme character. You will need two or three empty toilet paper rolls, glue, scissors, glue, and markers. Draw little red riding hood or other nursery rhyme characters and glue them to the toilet paper rolls. You can now use the toilet paper characters as props when you read the nursery rhyme.
An easy nursery rhyme craft to make is a matching game. Pick two characters from each nursery rhyme that coordinate together and place them on cardstock and laminate them. For example, you can have a card with a cow jumping over the moon and another card with a dish and a spoon to represent Hey Diddle Diddle.
Paper finger puppets are also easy to make. You will need stiff paper, scissors, markers or crayons, and glue. Then you will cut the paper around the width of your finger and glue the ends together. You can then decorate the puppet to be your favorite nursery rhyme.
If you are teaching nursery rhymes to small children or to a class, it’s a great idea to put together a prop box of different nursery rhymes. Using a large detergent box with a handle is a wonderful box to make the rhymes portable. You can spray paint the box and add pictures from different nursery rhymes to the sides of the box. You can also use a shoebox or a small plastic storage container. Inside the box you will want to have laminated copies of the nursery rhymes. Then you will want to make props that go along with each nursery rhyme.
You can create nursery rhyme crafts from a paper bag, markers, and paper. Have your kids help with this one as it is a lot of fun for them to color. You will cut out pieces of paper that correspond to the nursery rhyme, such as a moon and a cow for Hey diddle, Diddle. Then color the cut out pieces and glue them to the brown paper bag. Now when you read the story, you have a puppet show to go along.
If you like doing puppet shows, you can do sock characters. Take an old, clean sock (or new sock if you prefer) and get some different pieces of fabric. Turn that old sock into Jack and Jill or the Old Woman in the Shoe. Be sure to let your imagination loose and get creative!
Recreate the Three Little Pigs by making their houses. Gather some twigs, straw, paper, glue and paint. Have your child use red paper to be the brick house, then use straw or spaghetti to make the straw house and of course twigs to be the stick house. To add a little fun, turn on your blow dryer when the houses are built to see if they can withstand the huffs and puffs of the big bad wolf.
Puff art is another easy nursery rhyme craft that is fun for everyone involved. You will need to purchase straws, paint, and paper. The craft is to have children or adults paint by blowing paint through the straws. It’s a fun activity for children to pretend like they are the big bad wolf.