April 2004 Song of the Month



Humpty Dumpty
A 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. Underneath the fingerplay song, you'll find several activities to take advantage of spring and this song!


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)

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!

*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.”

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
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.

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!

CLICK HERE for an Egg Template to use

CLICK HERE for Egg Babies