Doctor Foster

With all the rain we’ve been experiencing here, I thought that the DSCN1680nursery rhyme “Doctor Foster” would be perfect as we got back into our nursery rhyme memory work.

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again.

To go with the poem we made these cute umbrellas.  The girls fingerpainted the tops and then glued on the handles and the rain drops.  I just gave them ribbon and precut raindrops and let them decide how they wanted their rain to look.

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We also did rain paintings.  The girls painted designs and then we placed the sheets out in the rain to get splattered.  It was inspired by a picture on pinterest that didn’t turn out at all like the pin, but we still liked the tie-dye, watery look we got.

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Be sure to use thick paper (I used cardstock) and only have it out in the rain for a minute or two (or your picture can disappear).

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And while practicing reciting our poem, we also colored these printouts from SparkleBox.  (SparkleBox is a UK site filled with all kinds of great printables and goodies.)  Just click on the picture to go get the coloring page along with a short book.

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Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Like I said, we’ve been doing a nursery rhyme each week.  Recently we learned “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.”

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her safe and well

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Pumpkin Poem Books

These books were super easy to make.  The girls looked through magazines to find pictures Peter Pumpkin Booksfor each line of the poem.  I used the pumpkin template below to cut out the covers out of orange paper and pages from white.  On the top of each page I wrote a line from the poem and then they found pictures for each line.  Of course, kiddos can also draw their own pictures for each line (that’s what Zoe wanted to do).

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Pumpkin Houses

I cut large pumpkins out of orangeP1060208 construction paper and then had the girls create their own pumpkin houses out of them.  I also gave them some rectangles to make doors and windows with.  Zoe had the idea to use some of the leftover children from “The Old Women Who Lived in the Shoe” as Peter and his wife on her pumpkin.

 

History & What it Means

plain-pumpkin-mdWe also talked about what the rhyme might mean.  People used to think pumpkins would ward off evil spirits (hence jack’o’lanterns).  We talked about how people used to think this a long time ago and maybe that’s why Jack put his wife in a pumpkin–trying to keep her safe from bad spirits.  The girls idea was that Jack couldn’t buy a house so he made a pumpkin a house.

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Of course we had to taste some pumpkin.  We baked some pumpkin and chocolate bread which was very yummy.

 

 

 

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

We have started including a nursery rhyme each week in our school activities.  One of our first was “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.”  We keep the rhyme written up on the wall, do different related activities, and by the end of the week the girls have memorized the poem.oldwoman

 Craft Time

P1060032Our biggest project was making a the shoe.  We actually spread it out over a few days.  I cut the pieces out of posterboard; then the girls painted two pieces.  Once dry, I hot glued the two pieces of boot together and punched out holes to lace.  Then we wove the ribbon through to lace up the boot.  I used wired ribbon so that it would be easier to go through the holes and the bow would stand out.P1060033

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Next we made all the Old Woman’s children.  We used this simple template to make many children and then the girls decorated each one.  Then we could put the children inside the boot while reciting the poem.  My advice is to make a few each day so you end up with a bunch without getting burned out.

Click here to download paper doll template

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Darth Vader! Zoe was so proud of herself for making his black helmet and the panel on his chest.

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Shoe Activities

This was also a great time to try out tying shoes.  We didn’t push it too much since the girls actually have very few shoes that tie, but it was still good practice.P1050924

And I had them matching up socks from the laundry basket.  Not really related, but it made sense to me and got the girls in the habit of helping with the laundry.

 

 

Coloring Time

And here is the coloring page  from Inkspired Musings that we colored on the first day.

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