Hi. I’m Becci from Swords and Snoodles. I’m a SAHM to two little boys aged 2 and 4. Over at Swords and Snoodles I focus more on writing about my experiences as a momma and then throw in the odd activity we do during the week. I love being brutally honest in blog posts – I want parents to know they’re not going crazy and that it’s normal to be surviving on 2 hours sleep a night!I am very excited to be blogging here at the Adventures of Adam for World Nursery Rhyme Week. My 4 year old especially loves nursery rhymes, so I knew he’d love learning a new one; Old King Cole.
I sat down with my two boys and used our Tablet to show them the nursery rhyme. I read it with them 4 times. My 4yo loved the repitition, and became vocally involved in the rhyme by the third time.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he
He called for his pipe
He called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three!
My boys love the whole kings and queens theme already, and they love getting messy with glue. I decided to create an Old King Coles Crown Creation Station. They jumped up and down when they saw it. I told them we were going to decorate our very own crowns and that they could choose whatever they wanted from the Crown Creation Station. It had gems, dried pasta, ribbon, sequins, foil, popsicle sticks, pegs, and glitter tubes. I aimed for a huge variety of materials, all different in texture and appearance.
My boys loved choosing their own decorations. They loved sticking “precious treasure” onto their crowns. It’s lovely seeing them express their creativity. They decorated their crowns for 20 minutes. My 2 year old also decorated his hands, and my dining room chair!
I then decided to read the rhyme with my boys again, and explained each item involved; pipe, bowl, fiddle. I then presented them with a white cut out of each item. I asked them to name each one. We then said the rhyme again and I asked them to put them into the order they appear in the rhyme. My 4 year old relished in this activity, my 2 year old walked away to play Duplo!
Old King Cole certainly made our day merry at Swords and Snoodles!
This guest post from Swords and Snoodles is part of World Nursery Rhyme Week. Click on the picture below to find out more information and to take a look at the other toddler friendly nursery rhyme activities and crafts:
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