Nursery rhyme activities are a wonderful way to help your children learn cognitive skills. If you are planning a party for your child, a nursery rhyme theme is a great idea for your party. Here are some great nursery rhyme activities you can implement at the party:
Mother Goose Waddle Race
A great nursery rhyme activity is to have a waddle race. You will need two balls and have two chairs or garbage cans. Divide the children into teams and give the first person on each team a ball. Have them place the ball between their knees. Now, place the cans or chairs twenty feet away from the teams. The object of the game is to waddle down to the chairs or garbage cans and back to the chairs with the ball between their knees. Once the child reaches the chair, they need to pass the ball to their teammate without using their hands. The first team to make it around the cans or chairs will win the race.
Nursery Rhyme Activity Scavenger Hunt
A great nursery rhyme activity you can play with your children is to have a nursery rhyme scavenger hunt. What you should do is create different questions about nursery rhymes. Some of the questions you can use are “how many bags of wool did Baa Baa Black Sheep have?” “What was Little Miss Muffet eating while sitting on her tuffet?” “What did Georgie Porgie do to make the girls cry?” Place different props from the nursery rhymes all over the house or yard so everyone will be able to search for them.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Station
A fun nursery rhyme activity you can play with your children is to make a itsy bitsy spider food station. Have each child take a napkin and create a spider snack. Use some ritz crackers, pretzels, and raisins to make the body and legs of the spider. Use a knife to spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto the ritz crackers. Place the pretzel sticks on the edges of the crackers, they will be the legs of the spider. Use another ritz cracker and place it on top of the first cracker. Spread two small dots of peanut butter on top of the second cracker. Use the raisins to make the eyes of the spider. You now have spider crackers to eat when you read the nursery rhyme.
Help Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard is a great nursery rhyme to encourage creativity. Have a table set up with crayons, paper, and other drawing items. Read the nursery rhyme “Old Mother Hubbard” and discuss what Mother Hubbard’s problem is and figure out a way that she can solve her problem. Have all the children draw their own version of “Old Mother Hubbard.” Encourage all the children to make illustrations to go along with the “Old Mother Hubbard” story. A fun activity you can do with the children is to have them come up with their own versions of “Old Mother Hubbard.”
Jack Be Nimble
Use empty paper towel tubes to be used as candlesticks. Have all the children decorate their candlesticks after their own manner. Place all the candlesticks on the ground and have all the children read the nursery rhyme. “Jack Be Nimble.” After they have read the nursery rhyme, or during their reading, have them jump over the candlestick.
A fun twist to add to the game is to add in the names of the children when you read the nursery rhyme. For example, you can read the nursery rhyme and input their name “(child’s name) be nimble (child’s name) be quick.” Each time you recite their name, have them jump over the candlestick.