Mother Goose crafts are probably some of the first crafts that we ever made, though few of us may remember them. Mother Goose and her rhymes are typically introduced to children while they are very young and maybe even just starting school. If the school systems and even home educators are using Mother Goose there must be something valuable there. But why would you do Mother Goose crafts? Here are just a few reasons why you would want to do Mother Goose crafts with your kids:
Mother Goose rhymes are filled with very simple concepts. The rhymes are short and easy to memorize as well as easy to visualize. All of these characteristics make Mother Goose rhymes easy to relate to and understand for all ages. Whether you have a toddler who cannot yet read, or a fifth grader who is at the top of his class there are activities that can be done together that tap into the imagination and creative side of a child where there are no boundaries of age or intelligence. Older children can even be encouraged to teach their younger siblings about how to make various crafts and thus familial relationships are strengthened.
Easy to Imagine Activity on a Budget
Mother Goose rhymes are incredibly diverse. Some involve boys while others talk about girls. Some rhymes involve animals while the landscaping or scenery is particularly important in other rhymes. Some rhymes are short while others have several verses. All of these characteristics add up to a lot of options when it comes to thinking of activities that you can do with your children no matter your situation. There is always some way to find the materials to make dozens of crafts using nothing more that what you already have lying around the house.
Mother Goose rhymes promote literacy and imagination. Mother Goose has long been attributed with being responsible for giving millions of children a renewed love of reading. As Mother Goose rhymes are often used in introductory courses to the English language, many of us will have gotten our linguistic start from these simple rhymes. Not only are Mother Goose rhymes and crafts valued for their ability to help teach others to read, but the concepts that are brought up in these rhymes can be studied and though of scientifically. For example, you can perform an at home experiment to see just how difficult it would be to put an egg (Humpty Dumpty) together again after having it fall from a height, or you may be interested in how Mary got so many types of flowers to grow in her garden (a lesson in botany waiting to happen).
Spend Time Together
Doing Mother Goose projects is a great way to spend time together as a family. In fact, recent studies have found that even the simple act of getting together every night to share a meal together, led to a decrease in a child’s use of drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. But many parents do not need scientific experiments to convince them that it is better to spend time with family than without. Children are extremely impressionable, especially when they are very young. The time that you choose to spend with them not only provides you as a parent with the opportunity to teach your child. But your child learns from what you do not say. Children learn from your example. Even if your Mother Goose project is overly simplified or silly, never hesitate to put a good idea into action and to spend time with your kids. There is a very real possibility that they will remember less about the craft and more about the activity and experience itself.