New twist on an old favorite!
This month rather a new song, I’ll show you
how to use the songs you already know in a new way. April is a perfect time
to celebrate animals that hatch from eggs, and I have been using the
following idea for many years with great success. It grew out of my nursery
rhymes concerts, when some parents were distressed by the sadness of the
broken Humpty Dumpty!
I have five different colored pairs of laminated paper eggs, each with a
picture of an animal that hatches from an egg. I have a turtle, a frog, a
dinosaur, a chicken and a bird. It doesn’t matter what animals you choose,
just that you already know a song about each. I sing Humpty Dumpty, then we
“break” one of the eggs, and sing a song about the baby animal inside ( I
let the children decide which egg to break by telling me what color they
would like first). Then we sing Humpty Dumpty again, “break” another egg and
sing about the animal inside. We continue by singing Humpty Dumpty before
breaking each egg and singing about the animal inside. What makes this so
much fun, is that I open the egg just enough so the children can get a peek
at the animal, then try to guess what’s inside. I have used this idea with
children 2-6 years old, and it’s always a hit! Read the instructions below,
and then have fun!
1. Make a list of as many animals as you can think of that hatch from eggs.
2. Go back over your list and put a checkmark by those animals you know a
little song about (example: If you know the Five Little Ducks, you would put
a check by “duck”).
3. Choose five (or as many as you like) of the animals from your list to use
on your egg props.
4. Using the egg pattern, cut out five pairs of eggs from colored paper or
poster board, making each pair a different color.
5. Glue a picture of one of the animals on one of each pair of the paper
6. Punch a hole near the top of each pair, and fasten the two eggs together
with a brad. That way you can swing the top egg open just enough from one
side and then the other to reveal a little bit of the animal inside.
Click here for
Egg Template to use
Click here for Egg Babies
· I laminated each of the eggs, and they have lasted for years and look very
· If you are studying baby animals for a whole week, you might want to begin
each day by choosing just one egg and singing about the animal inside.
· By using songs you already know, you don’t have to learn anything new.
Children love singing favorite songs framed in a new way!
If you think of other fun ways to use this idea, please visit
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share with others!
Humpty Dumpty – fingerplay song
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall (hold one hand high above
your head with flat hand for wall, and fist of other hand sitting on top)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall (bring both hands down
and clap hands once for “fall”)
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again. (nod head “no” and
make a sad face)
*After I sing this the first time, I say, “Some people think a broken egg is
a sad thing, but so many baby animals hatch from eggs! Let’s see if we can
break one and find a baby animal inside.”