This week we have been participating in World Nursery Rhyme Week, and Tuesday saw some Hey Diddle Diddle activities.
This is a rhyme I have sung a few times with Daniel and Emma, and when I came across some pictures to make puppets with I knew that would be our activity.
Monday evening I coloured in a set of the images, laminated them and affixed craft sticks to the back. The plan being that we would sing the song and Daniel would colour in his own set of craft sticks and I would use the stick puppets to sing the song to Emma.
Emma napped for a good portion of the day, so it kind of scuppered my plans a little. I showed Daniel the puppet sticks and we sang the song, which he quite enjoyed. He did a bit of colouring in of his own images, but mostly just wanted them stuck to the sticks!
He has returned to the little stick puppets a few times yesterday and today which has been nice and Emma has enjoyed the puppet show (basically me hid under the table making the puppets dance along the edge for her to see whilst she sits in her highchair!).
Yesterday was the turn of ‘I hear thunder’ and I had thought about making a mobile with lightning, rain drops, rainbows etc but as we attend a good playgroup on a Wednesday I thought it might be a bit much. Instead we sang the song and Daniel enjoyed shaking maracas to make the sound of rain, although I don’t think he knew that was what I was aiming for! With Emma I lay her down and sang the song and did lots of actions and touching, so for ‘pitter patter raindrops’ I trickled my fingers down her face and body which she really enjoyed.
Today (Thursday) was the turn of Oranges and Lemons. Emma has been struggling with teeth today – a top tooth cut through yesterday so today she has been grumbly and sleepy so I had some time with Daniel instead. I had planned for us to taste oranges and lemons and then perhaps do some painting using the fruit to print with (I was going to make Emma a sensory basket with orange and lemon scented items) but it just didn’t happen. I think we may do something tomorrow, maybe flavoured biscuits or similar.
I’ve really enjoyed Nursery Rhyme week and linking the rhymes to activities and I think I will try and do at least one activity a week over the coming weeks. There are so many great nursery rhymes to link fun activities to.
If you want to make your own hey diddle diddle stick puppets you can find them, and a couple of other ideas, on my pinterest board here