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April 2004

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Humpty Dumpty
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 eggs.
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 an Egg Template to use       Click here for Egg Babies

Notes:

· I laminated each of the eggs, and they have lasted for years and look very fresh!
· 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 the forum and 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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