While planning our Nursery Rhyme unit, I wanted to give my girls the opportunity to practice and retell the rhymes on their own. I found that making nursery rhyme stick puppets provided the perfect opportunity for practice.
|Doggie, Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?|
At first I wasn’t sure if my girls would appreciate my puppet plan, but you know what? They loved them!
Wooden Dowel Rods
I decided to keep things easy and use pre-painted wooden animals and shapes from Hobby Lobby. Obviously these only represent a few of the nursery rhymes we studied, but it was a good start.
|Hey Diddle, Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle…|
My little girls knew I was making something for them and they didn’t want to wait! So I took the fast route to making a stick puppet. I used packing tape to adhere the figure to the dowel rod. Quick and easy!
|Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star|
Right away they grabbed a stick and then starting singing or reciting rhymes!
|Little Bo Peep or Mary Had a Little Lamb|
These figures jogged their memories and gave them the opportunity to put on their own nursery rhyme play.
I store our puppet props in an oatmeal container. The girls enjoyed this so much that I will be adding additional figures in the near future. I will also be using super glue to adhere those figures to the sticks so that the props will last longer.
You can keep up with all our Nursery Rhyme activities on my Nursery Rhyme page.