Sunday, July 29, 2012

Science and Nursery Rhymes
One of my favorite ways to begin the year in kindergarten is with nursery rhymes.  Students are familiar with the rhymes so they feel successful, which builds their confidence.   Humpty Dumpty is always one of my students favorite rhyme.  I wanted to create more activities to extend this activity, and as an added bonus I was able to clean out my holiday tub.  Do you have extra plastic Easter eggs?  Too many to count, right?  This is the project for you!  Students put metal washers in plastic eggs, set the egg on a wooden block, and use a magnet to move "Humpty".  Students will experiment with putting different number of washers in the egg to see what effect it has on Humpty, moving the magnet different distances from Humpty to see what happens, and more observations. This is a simple science station to set up that will keep your students engaged for a long time!  Click to get your FREE copy!
photo of: Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme science Center
You can purchase a package of washers at Home Depot for $2.68 and a package of magnets for $2.25.  Set Humpty on a wooden "wall" and he's ready for some fun!
Here is an extension worksheet yours students can do.  Let them choose whether to draw Humpty at the beginning of the story, middle of the story, or end of the story.  

Michelle is the author of Teach123 and also contributes to the following collaborative blogs: Best Practices 4 Teaching, The Lesson Cloud, Common Core Kids, and Common Core Classroom.  She has twenty years of teaching experience.  Eleven of those years were spent teaching kindergarten.    

Editor's Note: I just had a RoundUP of all things Humpty-Dumpty over at RainbowsWithinReach.
These other projects would certainly tie together PERFECTLY with Michelle's ideas! 

photo of: Nursery Rhyme Projects for Humpty Dumpty: Kindergarten + Preschool


  1. That is very cool! What a great way to combine literacy and science- and my older kids could even measure those different distances, or how heavy the egg is at different times to add in the math component. This is inspiring- now if I can only come up with other ideas for other rhymes and fairy tales, I'll be golden.
    The Meek Moose

  2. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing!

    Heather (

  3. What a wonderful idea, Michelle ... and thanks so much for the free printables! I pinned your post to my Kids' Science Activities Pinterest Board at

  4. I love it! We combined science with Row, row, row your boat.

  5. I just went looking for this- is it not available anymore?


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