This Hey Diddle Diddle Lesson Plan is the last printable pack in my Nursery Rhymes Series. I hope that these nursery rhyme lesson plans make learning at home when you are suddenly homeschooling a little easier. In the coming days, you will find your stride if you are a parent new to homeschooling, you got this! If you are a teacher trying to send ideas to your families, I know you can do it! I have lots of other lesson plans that use books, check out some here. What I love about nursery rhymes is that they are familiar to children and let young children really play with words as they recite and sing them. I encourage you all to sing a lot with your kiddos while you are home, it’s a wonderful and easy literacy activity. This printable pack includes fine motor development, counting and subitizing, science sorting, measurement, and estimation.
Preparing The Lesson
Gather your materials. You will need the printable pack, scissors, a tape measure, something to mark a place like bingo chips or buttons, dice, a tray, and colored pencils. I love using trays because it keeps everything in one place. You can find the trays I use in my class with this affiliate link –> Preschool Trays.
Start by printing out the printable pack here. <– click on this see the pdf and print.
Cut out the science and the number cards.
The Nursery Rhyme
Pop the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme printable on the wall with the painter’s tape or use what you have. Make it visible so that your child will see that the words on the paper are the words you are reciting. Learning that text translates to oral language is foundational for literacy. In every one of these lesson packets I create, I try hard to balance various areas of learning, but reading and reciting the nursery rhyme is a must.
Show your child the printable and ask them what they think the rhyme might be about. Use the pictures for clues. Talk about how silly this rhyme is, can a cow really jump over the moon? Do cats really fiddle? Can dishes run?
Recite it together. I always sing it with actions to get a little gross motor development today too!
Living or Not? Science Activity for Preschool
These science cards can be used for sorting into two groups – in this case, sorting the photos into a group of living things and a group on objects. What makes something living? Living things grow, eat, and breathe. Of course, that’s a very simplistic explanation, but it’s a good start for preschool science. For this activity, all you want to do is go through the pictures with your child and talk about each one. Asking, is it living, or is it an object?
Roll, Cover, and Color Game
For this activity, children are focusing on subitizing, which is the ability to know an amount without counting like the dots on a die. However, they can work on counting if they are not yet able to subitize, and fine motor skills as they color in the little circles.
For more of a challenge, you can use two dice and add the amounts together before coloring in the circles.
How Far Can You Jump?
This activity gets your kiddos moving and exploring measurement with their own body. How far can you jump? Make a prediction, jump, and measure. Then record it on the sheet. Have fun trying variations that aren’t even on the printable like – can you jump as far if you have a backpack full of books on your back? Hmm… test it out and see!
Nursery Rhyme Count The Letter Cards
These cards mix a little literacy and math. Identify the object from the nursery rhyme, count the letters, and find the corresponding number. Talk about the letters in the words as well, can your child name all the letters?
To see all the other nursery rhyme printable packs in this series, click here.