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
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
All the king’s horses and all the
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
*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
to reveal a little bit of the animal inside.
laminated each of the eggs, and they have lasted for years and look
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
using songs you already know, you don’t have to learn anything new.
Children love singing favorite songs framed in a new way!
HERE for an Egg Template to use
HERE for Egg Babies