Operation Playtime: Nursery Rhymes
There is a 12 day carnival going on over at Play-Activities.com called Operation Playtime. It’s the author’s effort to promote activities “that are open ended, developmentally appropriate, spontaneous, creative, not necessarily craft based, doing it for the sake of it and not for a specific product, using exploratory play, encouraging no-battery play, and finding and using interesting items we have at home.”
We’re encouraged to find a balance between plugged play and unplugged play, independent time and together time. Each day an activity will be posted, and families are encouraged to try that activity on that day and then blog about it. Today was NURSERY RHYMES.
We love rhymes and songs and I’m often singing or reciting with the kids. In honor of today’s activity, we took out our favorite books of nursery rhymes to read together.
At first, JediBoy (6 1/2) complained that Nursery Rhymes are for babies. But I read him several that tickled his fancy, including:
If all the seas were one sea,
What a great sea that would be!
And if all the trees were one tree,
What a great tree that would be!
And if all the axes were one axe,
What a great axe that would be!
And if all the men were one man,
What a great man he would be!
And if the great man took the great axe,
And cut down the great tree,
And let it fall into the great sea,
What a splish splash that would be!
He also had fun with “As I was Going to St. Ives” and we figured out together the number of kits, cats, sacks and wives… but then he figured out the real answer!
JediBoy decided that his favorite nursery rhyme today is “The Lion and the Unicorn.”
The lion and the unicorn
were fighting for the crown;
The lion beat the unicorn
all about the town.
Some gave them white bread,
and some gave them brown.
Some gave them plum cake,
and drummed them out of town.
The picture above is his favorite illustration of this rhyme, from our family favorite book of nursery rhymes: Jack Kent’s Merry Mother Goose which, like our copy of The Real Mother Goose, was mine when I was a child. JediBoy loves the wild illustrations, and I love reading to the kids from books I remember hearing my parents read from.
BabyGirl, at 2, is happily in the prime nursery rhyme age. She loves them all, as long as they have a nice rhythm and I bounce her on my lap as we read. We have a lovely collection by Richard Scarry, too, that is shelved in the playroom and so didn’t make it into our afternoon’s pile in the nursery.
We did record some rhymes, as Operation Playtime suggests. JediBoy made two short videos, one of “The Lion and the Unicorn” and one of “To Market, To Market.” I tried to get BabyGirl to recite “This Little Piggy,” which she loves, but today all she would say was, “Piggy out, piggy out, piggy piggy piggy out.”
I would love to share the videos but can’t get the connection right, so here instead is a photo of the kids reading nursery rhymes together.
We had a great time reading nursery rhymes today. JediBoy in particular was interested in asking me which rhymes I remembered (without peeking) and which ones my parents had read to me. I sent out an email to a few family members, but open the question up to all of you. What nursery rhymes do you remember hearing when you were little? What nursery rhymes do your kids like the best? Do you have any special memories or family stories that involve nursery rhymes?
My mother memorized huge chunks of Mother Goose when my sister was a baby, because PisecoSis loved to hear them while riding in the car and would scream if Mom stopped… but Mom soon got tired of the few she knew, and memorized more to keep it interesting.