Nursery Rhymes Unit

Nursery Rhymes are always fun to do with PreK kids. I enjoy seeing the kids who know these already, and the ones who are learning them for the first time. We do a different Nursery Rhyme each day, and each Work Center is a different Nursery Rhyme too.

My six Work Centers are the same for every unit: dramatic play, art, science, math, writing, and listening. The students will do one center each day over two weeks. We do three Work Centers the first week, and three Work Centers the second week. After students complete their one Work Center for the day, they can go to any Free Choice Center they choose.

Work Centers:

Dramatic Play Center


I just got a new kitchen and new play food! My kids have been champing at the bit to get in there, so I finally made it a kitchen for them…even though it doesn’t go with our theme of Nursery Rhymes.


Art Center


Our Art Center goes with the Nursery Rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb. The students make lambs by stamping corks (putting all that wine drinking to good use!) And then adding a head, legs, and google eyes.


They turned out pretty cute! The stamping effect makes the sheep look fluffy.


Science Center


At the Science Center students predict what will sink or float. We do this with the Jack and Jill Nursery Rhyme. My aide sits with the students to complete this center.


Math Center

At the Math Center students complete the rhyme, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. The numbers 1-10 are mixed up on a page with the pictures. The students cut out the pieces and assemble them in order to go with the Nursery Rhyme.


Writing Center

At the Writing Center, students sequence the Nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty. The students will then also make a Humpty Dumpty egg, cut it, and put him back together again with bandaids.


Listening Center


At the Listening Center, the students listened to the Nursery Rhyme, The Three Little Kittens.


Free Choice Centers:

After students complete their Work Center for the day, they can choose a Free Choice Center to play in. I switch up the toys for every unit and try to find things that go along with our current unit, or season, to put out for students to play with.


In my Sensory Bin I have the students play the Itsy Bitsy Spider. The pipe is the water spout, and the students can play in the water to make the rain come down.


At the Free Choice Art Center, the students can use dobbers on Itsy Bitsy Spider pages.


I made these retelling and rhyming cards to use with my kids. They’re part of my Circle Time Games Pack. We use them to sequence the three different Nursery Rhymes, and to pair up rhyming words.


On my Felt Board I have pieces to two Nursery Rhymes: Humpy Dumpty and Mary Had a Little Lamb. The students love using the pieces to recreate the stories.

We’ve been working on our numbers a lot lately, so to reinforce those skills I put transparent numbers at the Light Table and tracing numbers at the Free Choice Writing Center.


Art Projects:


In the hallway I displayed our Art Center and Writing Center projects. I also made a clock for Hickory, Dickory, Dock on the back of our full length Dramatic Play Center mirror. My aide made mice to go up the clock with the students during her art time with them.

We also made HUGE muffins to go along with Do You Know the Muffin Man? I put out different art supplies and let the kids go nuts! They turned out super cute and crazy, just like my kids 🙂


Do you teach your kids Nursery Rhymes? Leave my a reply below!


1 thought on “Nursery Rhymes Unit

  1. Love all of this! I used to, but don’t anymore. I think I might again next year! Thanks for the ideas!


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