Here are some good nursery rhyme activities for little boys.
The Disappearing Egg Shell & Bouncing Egg:
•Place a raw egg inside of a bottle; make sure that the egg is still inside of the eggshell.
•Cover the egg completely with vinegar and then close the lid of the bottle.
•Now you are going to watch the egg, bubbles will form around the egg and over time the shell will disappear. You are going to be watching for the egg to turn around and for more bubbles to form over time.
•You are going to want to observe the egg for the next 48 to 72 hours or until almost all of the bubbles disappear.
•After about 72 hours the egg will actually feel rubbery and you can actually bounce it in the sink or outside on a cookie pan. Keep in mind that the egg will break after a few bounces.
You can also squeeze the egg with your friends and it will break around your hand and become raw again.
Hey Diddle Diddle:
Gross Motor Skills:
•First thing you need to do is teach the rhyme to the children during circle time or other reading activities. Review the rhyme a few times so that the children get the gist of it.
•Next cut out a paper moon that you can let the children use for this activity. Keep in mind you want the moon to be large enough for them to see it and durable but you don’t want to make it too big.
•Next allow the children to hop, jump, step, crawl, etc over the paper moon that you have placed on the floor.
•Take an unused meat tray, white or black and allow children to sponge paint stars and moons onto the inside of the meat tray.
•Now take elastic or even rubber bands and place them across the tray (short way) so that you can create the strings for the fiddle
Jack Be Nimble:
What happened to Jack’s Candle?
•Take a small candle and show the children all the different parts to the candle, including the wax, wick, and the flame. Discuss what each part does and how it actually works.
•Next light the small candle and talk with the children about how the candle actually burns.
•Next place a clear jar over the candle and let the children watch to see what happens.
•Talk about how the candle burned up all of the oxygen in the jar and put itself out, basically talk about how a fire needs oxygen to burn.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:
•First thing that you are going to need to do is to get a bunch of plastic bottles together. You need to make sure that each plastic bottle has a lid that can seal tightly, most likely screw on lids.
•Now you are going to want to get your ingredients together. What you are going to need is oil, water, food coloring, and glitter.
•Next you are going to want to mix the oil and water together in the plastic bottles, the mix should be equal parts water and oil.
•Now you are going to want to add a few drops of food coloring, how much you add will depend on how dark or light you want the color of the inside of the bottle to be.
•Next you need to add as much glitter as you like, you can add a little or a lot depending on what the child wants.
•Now you need to seal the plastic bottle tightly so that the contents can’t spill out. When sealing the bottle you can use a little bit of crazy glue or hot glue to ensure that the lid can not be unscrewed. All you need to do is apply the crazy glue or hot glue to the lid and then screw the lid on.