In Kindy this term we are also learning a new nursery rhyme each week (for those of you who are new to our blog there are two of us who write this, we have a Pre-Primary class and a Kindy class between us!). This fits in terrifically with our phonological awareness skills focus for the term (syllables and rhyme) and also provides a sense of familiarity for the students to learn from.
The first three nursery rhymes we focused on were those which feature night time (this also fits the the maths concept of time day/night covered in the foundation level of the National Curriculum). They were Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Star Light Star Bright, and Hey Diddle Diddle.
The way I run my Kindy room is quite structured, with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy in the morning sessions. This leaves the afternoon for craft and "theme" work. For this reason, although we sing the rhymes throughout the day we only have two sessions a week to complete the crafts to match. I'm curious to know how you all structure your Kindy day, and maybe if you'd be interested in learning more about my day? But anywhooo that's a totally separate blog post!
Here are the crafts we created for each nursery rhyme (click on each rhyme title to download the poem)...
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
After learning the actions to this popular rhyme we watched many clips on youtube (these were our favourites Twinkle twinkle colour star and Twinkle twinkle twinkle little star). We also talked lots about things that you see at night time and things that you see during the day.
The students then created their own starry night sky picture using star sequins, round sequins (for satellites!) and a paper star stamper to stamp their own stars. They also drew and cut their own moon out (after choosing between crescent moon or full moon).
Our starry night display.
Using the paper stamper - great fine motor strengthening activity!
Star Light Star Bright
Ok, let's be honest... this craft took three sessions to complete (though probably could have been squeeeeeeeezed into two sessions).
Day 1 ~ paint the backdrop. This was done by painting 2 different blueish stripes on the page, they then used a dot pattern paint stamper (see photo below) to create waves in the paint.
Day 2 ~ add the ladder. We found having them create the side along the edge of the paper first, then gluing on the rungs, and finally adding the inside edge of the ladder worked best. Take photo of students reaching their hands above their head (cut and laminate before next session)
Day 3 ~ Add moon, stars and person to the ladder.
Download your parts for the craft here...
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Hey Diddle Diddle
This cute little craft was super quick and easy to create.
First paint a paper plate black, and when dry sponge silver over the top.
The cow was made by painting a hand white with black spots.
The cows head and wool tail was attached when dry.
We then used a split pin and stiff card to attach a moving cow to the moon.
The students could then make their cow jump over the moon.
Download your cow heads here!
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Remember keep calm and twinkle!
Top Teacher xx