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Activities For The "Little Miss Muffet" Nursery Rhyme

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Our spider unit is one of my students’ favorite October themes.

It’s a perfect time to plug in a few nursery rhymes like “Little Miss Muffet”.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsMy Y5s absolutely love doing hands-on craftivities to reinforce lessons; so I designed these quick, easy and fun craftivities to help students sequence and recite the nursery rhyme.

First up is a simple "flip the flap" craft.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsThere are 4 Little Miss Muffet “cover” options to choose from, along with their matching “backs”.

Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

As always, there are full color patterns so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share, as well as black & white options for students to color.

All of the packets include background information on the nursery rhyme, along with a colorful anchor chart poster of the poem, which you can use to introduce your lesson.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsAfterwards, share your sample to help explain what you want your students to do. 

Children color and cut out the two squares then glue them back to back. Attach the "spider strip" with a piece of Scotch tape, that "hinges" it to the top, so that you can flip the strip from the back to the front.  

When everyone is done making their own, recite the rhyme as a whole group, using the manipulative.

Students begin the rhyme by showing the front square, where Miss Muffet is "eating her curds and whey".  When they get to the part, "...the spider sat down beside her", children flip the spider to the front. For the last stanza, "...and frightened Miss Muffet away!" they turn their square over to reveal a scared Miss Muffet fleeing.

For further reinforcement, have children pick a partner and take turns sharing their “flipper” with each other.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsNext up is my newest creation "Instagame", inspired by "Instagram". 

I debuted this idea with my "First Day Jitters" literacy packet, and thought it would be wonderful for nursery rhymes as well.

I don't know about your kiddos, but mine are fascinated with taking pictures and anything trendy & current. 

Students color, cut & glue the “picture tiles” in the correct order, which helps practice the “sequencing & retelling a story” standards in a quick, easy and super-fun way.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsSo that you can assess comprehension, and the ability to sequence correctly, I’ve included a “mixed up” worksheet option, where the picture tiles are not in order, as well as an easier one, for younger kiddos, which is in the correct sequence.

There’s a cell phone option, as well as a larger tablet worksheet.  Pick your favorite, or give students a choice. 

Use your colorful copy as a whole group “Let’s Sequence” activity.

You can do this during and after you read the “Little Miss Muffet” nursery rhyme.

Simply print, laminate & trim, then pass the tiles out to your students.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsWhile you’re reading the nursery rhyme, pause for the child holding that picture tile, to place it on the phone/tablet poster.

After you’ve read the rhyme, pass out the tiles to different students, and see if they can put the pictures in the correct order. Grab that “teachable moment” to reinforce ordinal numbers as well.

Use tape, magnet dots, or Velcro squares, to attach the pictures to the phone/tablet poster. From here, students can transition to completing a worksheet of their own. 

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsSince my storytelling wheels have been so popular, I decided to make them for nursery rhymes as well.

Children really enjoy "turning and learning", as the wheels are easy to put together. The pictures help prompt the student to retell the story, or in this case, recite the "Little Miss Muffet" nursery rhyme. 

For writing practice, and to check comprehension, have students complete the “If a spider sat down beside me…” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsThere’s a full color pattern, so you can quickly make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones. 

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsFinally, a "spider slider" is another craftivity that will help your students sequence and recite the rhyme.

There are two, “Little Miss Muffet” options, with their own matching sliders and poster-poems.

Pick your favorite, or give children a choice. 

nursery rhyme activities, little miss muffet activities, nursery rhyme crafts, nursery rhyme posters, spider activities, spider craftsI purposely designed Miss Muffet inside a rectangle for easy-peasy cutting. 

However, I think the slider looks better trimmed. Check out the samples on your left.

This cutting is a bit more complicated, but once I show my students via "monkey-see, monkey-do" directions, how to cut around Miss Muffet leaving a white border around her, they usually opt to cut her out.

Students color Miss Muffet, along with the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut & glue it together.

As children pull on the end of the strip, the various pictures go through the “window” on Little Miss Muffet’s dress.

As with the wheel, the slider packet also has a writing prompt:  “I like / don’t like spiders because…” Students complete the prompt then color their worksheet.

I’ve also included a graphing extension as a follow-up for this activity.

2D shapes, spider activities, spider games, spider crafts, nursery rhymes, little miss muffetToday's featured FREEBIE also has a spider theme.  "Spin A Spider" is a fun way to help students practice 2D shapes.

The packet includes a game as well as a "trace and write" emergent reader booklet.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

The temperatures have once again cooled, so the crisp fall air is calling me.  Time to go crunch some leaves. Invigorating!

"Most people see what is, and never see what can be." -Albert Einstein

 

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