Nursery Rhyme Olympics

By Teresa Chiv

Books to Share

  • Animagicals Sports by Carol Shields.
  • Bunnies and Their Sports by Nancy Carlson.
  • D. W. Flips by Marc Brown.
  • Elympics: Poems by X. J. Kennedy.
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.

Books to Show or Booktalk

  • And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens.
  • The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell.
  • Get Some Exercise! by Angela Royston.
  • Marta and the Bicycle by Germano Zullo.
  • The Mud Flat Olympics by James Stevenson.

Decorations

Make a grandfather clock out of poster board and attach it to the wall about two feet above the floor. If possible, put moveable hands on the clock. Make sheep out of poster board and place them on the wall about two feet above the floor. Make a Humpty Dumpty, sitting on a brick wall, out of poster board and place him on the wall about three feet above the floor. Patterns for Humpty Dumpty, the grandfather clock, and a sheep are provided. Each of these decorations can be used for program activities, as well as decorate the library.

Fingerplays

Recite “Bend and Stretch” and “I Clap My Hands” in Babies in the Library! by Jane Marino.

Hickory Dickory Dock

(Traditional. Place a grandfather clock made from poster board on the wall about three feet above the floor. Instruct the children to stand in front of the clock. If the clock has moveable hands, change the time to correspond with each verse of the rhyme. Instruct the children to jump each time you clap your hands, and count aloud as they jump. Clap your hands the number of times mentioned in the rhyme.)

Hickory dickory dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)


The mouse ran up the clock. (Run fingers of one hand up the other arm)


The clock struck one. (Clap hands one time)


The mouse ran down. (Run fingers of one hand down the other arm)


Hickory dickory dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)

Hickory Dickory Dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)


The mouse ran up the clock. (Run fingers of one hand up the other arm)


The clock struck two. (Clap hands two times)


The mouse saw you. (Point to the children)


Hickory dickory dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)

Hickory dickory dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)


The mouse ran up the clock. (Run fingers of one hand up the other arm)


The clock struck three. (Clap hands three times)


The mouse saw me. (Point to yourself)


Hickory dickory dock. (Clasp hands together in front of you, with knuckles pointing down, and swing your arms back and forth)

Rhymes and Poetry

Hey Diddle Diddle

(Traditional.)

Hey diddle, diddle


The cat and the fiddle.


The cow jumped over the moon.


The little dog laughed


To see such sport.


And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Humpty Dumpty

(Traditional.)

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,


Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.


All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,


Couldn’t put Humpty back together again.

Songs

Mary Had a Little Lamb

(Traditional.)

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.


Mary had a little lamb;


Its fleece was white as snow.

Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went,


Everywhere that Mary went,


The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day.


It followed her to school one day;


It was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play;


It made the children laugh and play,


To see a lamb at school.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

(Traditional.)

Baa, baa, black sheep


Have you any wool?


Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.


One for my master,


One for my dame,


And one for the little boy


Who lives down the lane.


Baa, baa, black sheep


Have you any wool?


Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

Audio Recordings

“Humpty Dumpty” on Bahamas Pajamas by Joe Scruggs.

Puppet Shows

Humpty Dumpty

Enlarge and copy the patterns provided at the end of this chapter. Copy Humpty Dumpty, Cracked Humpty Dumpty, Mother Humpty Dumpty, the Kings Men, the horse, the Super Glue bottle, the sign with 9-1-1 and the brick wall onto card stock. Hang the brick wall at the front of the puppet stage. Attach each picture to a large craft stick. Parade the characters across the puppet stage at appropriate times to correspond with the song lyrics from Joe Scruggs song “Humpty Dumpty” on Bahamas Pajamas. Use the sign with 9-1-1 written on it when the song says, “I think I’ll have to call 9-1-1.” Use the picture of the super glue bottle when the song says, “Put it together with super glue.”

Crafts

Gold Medal

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Directions

In advance, photocopy and cut out one Olympic gold medal for each child. Cut circles from poster board the same size as the medal pattern. Cut 3-inch diameter circles from the poster board. Cut the yarn or ribbon into pieces that are 14-inch long. The children will color the medal and paste it onto a circle cut out of poster board. Punch a hole at the top of the medal and let the children thread yarn or ribbon through the medal. Tie the ends of the yarn or ribbon to form a necklace.

Games and Activities

Mother Goose Olympics

If there are more than ten children, divide them into smaller groups and let each group begin with a different Mother Goose activity. As they finish the activity, the group rotates to another activity. Recite or read corresponding rhymes aloud before each activity.

Collecting Wool

Draw a picture of a sheep on poster board or use the sheep that were prepared for decorations. Create a wool coat by attaching cotton balls with double sided tape to the sheep shape. Place the sheep on the wall about two feet above the floor. Give each child a small paper bag. The children will go to the sheep and pull three cotton balls, placing them in their bags before going to the next activity.

Counting Cows

In advance, use the pattern provided to copy enough cows to provide one per child. Write numbers between one and five on each cow and place the cows on a table near the activity area. Glue craft sticks to the front of paper plates. Put one to five dots on the back of each paper plate, using stickers or markers. Recite the nursery rhyme, “Hey Diddle Diddle” and then give the plates to the children. Let them go to the table and find a cow that has the matching number on it. When the children find a matching cow, they glue the cow to the craft stick, so that the cow is at the top of the stick.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock Clock Jump

Instruct the children to jump each time you clap your hands as you recite the rhyme. Clap your hands the number you say in each verse of the rhyme, after you say the number. Count as you clap and as the children jump. Repeat the rhyme changing the words for number two and three.

Humpty Dumpty Jump

Hang a poster board figure of Humpty Dumpty sitting on a brick wall on a wall about three feet above the floor. Instruct the children to jump as high as they can next to the Humpty Dumpty. See if they can jump as high, or higher, than Humpty.

Professional Resources

  • Babies in the Library! by Jane Marino.
  • Bahamas Pajamas by Joe Scruggs.

 



Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011